Woman Injured After Falling From Halfway Down Bethesda Metro Station Escalators

'Someone bumped into her and knocked her over,' rescue official said

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Escalators at the Bethesda Metro station.

File photo/Joe Zimmermann

A woman was taken to a local hospital Wednesday morning after she fell from halfway down the escalators leading to the train platform at the Bethesda Metro station, according to the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service.

The woman fell at about 9:45 a.m., MCFRS spokesman Pete Piringer said Wednesday afternoon.

“Someone bumped into her and knocked her over,” he said. “She fell backwards basically.”

She was not seriously injured, but medics took her to the hospital as a precautionary measure because she was an older person, Piringer said.

The escalator was not operating at the time, but was being used as stairs, he said.

A Metro spokesperson confirmed a woman fell on an escalator, but did not give other information or say why the escalator was not working.

After 10:15 a.m., the small escalator to the street-level plaza was working, while only one of the long escalators leading down to the station was working. Another was closed and the middle was being used as stairs. At 106 feet long and descending about 10 stories, the long escalators are often touted as the second-longest escalators in the Western Hemisphere.

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