Yesterday morning, an 82-year-old woman from Dorchester, Massachusetts died on an escalator at the MBTA’s State Street station. Helen Jackson was on her way to an eye doctor’s appointment around 10am when the escalator accident occurred.
According to MBTA officials, she was leaving the Orange Line platform, almost at the top of the escalator, when she fell, catching a piece of her clothing in the escalator. Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest, but it was unclear whether that occurred before or after her fall.
Though rescue crews rushed to her aid, she was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital. The accident is under investigation, and authorities plan to perform an autopsy.
The Boston Globe reports that another MBTA escalator accident occurred in 2005, when a 34-year-old from East Boston died at Porter Square Station on the Red Line. The man’s sweatshirt got caught a gap in the escalator’s machinery and the moving stairs pulled the hood taut around his neck.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission states that there were 11,000 escalator-related injuries in 2007, most the result of falls.
Woman dies in T escalator accident, Boston Globe, February 25, 2009
A Massachusetts MBTA accident lawyer can assist you if you have lost a relative to a bus, train, truck, auto, or other type of accident.