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Several Injured After Escalator Malfunctions, Causing It To Fall At ‘Increased Downward Speed’

Eleven people were injured when an escalator malfunctioned in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday.

Incident Occurred Following a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs at American Family Field in Milwaukee, where the Brewers lost to the Cubs 5-3, ESPN report.

According to the media, the malfunction caused the escalator to “speed up its descent.”

There were 20 people on the escalator at the time of the incident, but about 100 people were in line, said Kaylee Klein, who was at the game with her boyfriend and his family. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“While we were waiting in line, we heard a squealing noise and then about five to 10 seconds later the escalator picked up speed, probably to 10 to 15 miles per hour,” Klein said. (RELATED: Watch as malfunctioning fire suppression system blankets National Guard building with foam)

“And from the top of the fourth floor where we were, fans were just plummet fundamentally,” she added.

Six people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a statement from Tyler Barnes, Brewers senior vice president of public relations and related affairs, according to the Journal Sentinel.

The remaining five injured people received medical treatment at the ballpark. “We're grateful to the doctors and paramedics on scene who were there quickly and responded quickly,” Burns said.

A similar incident occurred at Boston's Back Bay subway station in September 2021, when a group of people heading to Foxborough, Massachusetts after attending a New England Patriots game were suddenly thrown into a sudden reverse escalator shake. WBTS Television report.

The incident sparked a dispute between the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and KONE, the company that had the contract to maintain the escalators. Boston Herald report.

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