WASHINGTON – A 14-year-old boy was in stable condition Tuesday night after his hand was caught in an escalator.
The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian Metro station.
A Metro spokesperson says the boy’s flip-flop got stuck first at the end of the escalator, so he tried to free it with his hand when he got stuck.
The escalator was shut down and crews freed the boy after 30 minutes. He was taken to the hospital.
In anticipation of the dangers of esclators, Metro created advisory “Flip, Don’t Flop” to highlight safety concerns, particularly related to summer footwear.
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Metro also notes that soft footwear like flip-flops or Crocs slip-on shoes can “sink into an escalator step as you’re riding it,” creating the danger of being pulled into the comb plate. The transit agency recommends purposefully stepping over this yellow plate at the top of the escalator.
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