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Scooter vs. escalator fail!

  • Woman tries to ride her motorized scooter up an escalator
  • Strollers, scooters, wheelchairs are not allowed by rule

Escalators are for feet, not for wheels... and this video shows why. 

This happened in Boston on Friday. It's not clear why the woman (who was not identified) tried to ride her scooter up the stairs -- a working elevator was just 50 feet away -- but it obviously was not a good idea. 

In the short clip, the 56-year-old woman rolls confidently up to the escalator in her electric scooter chair. She even grabs the handrail. Things quickly take a downward turn when gravity and the steep angle of the stairs combine to flip the woman over, and she and her scooter begin to tumble backwards. One man ahead of her on the escalator quickly runs back to help and someone else hits the emergency stop. But it's a terrifying few seconds. Those scooters can weigh upwards of 200 pounds.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority told The Boston Herald that the woman turned down medical attention and was able to stand and walk back down to the platform. 

This surveillance video was put up on YouTube, not to embarrass the woman, but to warn people who might consider doing the same thing. It's a good reminder why strollers, wheelchairs & scooters are typically NOT allowed on escalators.

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