Last week, we told Bronx readers about an escalator accident in Bellevue, Washington. That's where four people were hospitalized last Thursday when an escalator broke apart as customers were riding it to see the store's holiday display.
Ordinarily, that is the kind of story we read and then move on from, but it recently resurfaced because further investigation into the escalator accident has raised some concerns.
Evidently, the escalator involved in the accident was built in 1983. The manager of the Macy's where the escalator collapsed said the escalator has been overhauled since then.
State records also show that the escalator was inspected in 2010 and 2012, with small repairs ordered each time.
Interestingly enough, the same property company that owns the building in which the Bellevue Square Macy's is located owns a building across the street where a 24-year-old man died a year ago after falling three stories from the top of an escalator. That incident was ruled an accident by police and did not seem to have anything to do with the condition in which the escalator was maintained.
As far as we can tell, this is a story that will take some time to unfold completely. We are keeping an eye on it and if anything noteworthy comes to our attention, we will relay that information along to you.
Source: The Bellevue Patch, "Bellevue Square Escalator Accident Investigation May Take Until Just Before Christmas," Venice Buhain, Dec. 7, 2012
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