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    What I found kind of cool is that while one or two stopped to take photos, about a dozen people started running back in to help those who had fallen get to safety, even in DC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inspiredsports View Post
    What I found kind of cool is that while one or two stopped to take photos, about a dozen people started helping those who had fallen get to safety, even in DC.
    What I found amazing was that even though people saw others rocketing down the escalator at an insane speed, they were still getting on the escalator at the top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstas View Post
    What I found amazing was that even though people saw others rocketing down the escalator at an insane speed, they were still getting on the escalator at the top.
    Have you visited the DC metro? Some of the escalators can take as long as 2 minutes from start to finish. So it's possible that people stopped entering the escalator once it went haywire. Traveling 100'+ in an escalator going that fast would make a scary ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Face View Post
    Have you visited the DC metro? Some of the escalators can take as long as 2 minutes from start to finish. So it's possible that people stopped entering the escalator once it went haywire. Traveling 100'+ in an escalator going that fast would make a scary ride!
    Yes, I have. Ex MiL used to live there. The news report that I saw the video on this morning said it wasn't one of the massively long escalators. This one was only 100 or so feet long. It probably starts just beyond view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstas View Post
    What I found amazing was that even though people saw others rocketing down the escalator at an insane speed, they were still getting on the escalator at the top.
    People seem to daydream and just follow the herd in that kind of situation, and then whoosh, top to bottom in the blink of an eye

    I'm glad I started taking the stairs for exercise more than a decade a go when I hit forty. although maybe there was no alternate route in this case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inspiredsports View Post
    People seem to daydream and just follow the herd in that kind of situation, and then whoosh, top to bottom in the blink of an eye

    I'm glad I started taking the stairs for exercise more than a decade a go when I hit forty. although maybe there was no alternate route in this case.
    Most times in DC, there isn't. Some of those escalators are so long that it's hard to make out the other end of the tunnel. People get vertigo traveling up and down them. The few times I've been there, I've seen at least one person being attended to by medics at the top or bottom of an escalator on The Metro. It's a crazy deal but an impressive system at the same time. It's always crowded too but if you look at the numbers of bodies that system handles daily, you can see why it's crowded all the time. The fact that it doesn't collapse under the stress of the rush hour commutes is a testament to human engineering.

    You can search for seemingly unlimited pictures of escalators and tunnels in the DC Metro system.
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    There's always an elevator you can take instead, good luck finding them at some stations though.
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    it's easy to see.. there were to many people on the escalator at one time.. they overwhelmed the darn thing... trying to put more than the max weight on the darn thing..

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    Quote Originally Posted by inspiredsports View Post
    People seem to daydream and just follow the herd in that kind of situation, and then whoosh, top to bottom in the blink of an eye

    I'm glad I started taking the stairs for exercise more than a decade a go when I hit forty. although maybe there was no alternate route in this case.
    There isn't for the Metro in DC. And some of them are extremely long rides up & down. It isn't fun walking up all those stairs in 90 degree heat!
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