Hockey fans sent flying after scary escalator malfunction.


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There was a scary scene following the Philadelphia Flyers' 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, as a group of fans were tossed around by a malfunctioning escalator.

An eye witness video captured the bizarre scene as a group of fans were thrown around after the escalator inexplicably sped up.

"We heard the escalator rev up a little bit. It started going faster and faster. People couldn't get out of the way fast enough," Meghan McGreevy told NBC News.

Here's a first person account of what happened via a reader of Broad Street Hockey:

"I along with my parents and girlfriend were all on board the malfunctioning escalator. We were all but at the top when it started to speed up. It felt as if it just "let go" and it was a very fast, seemingly very long, ride to the bottom. Waiting at the bottom was a pile of fans to trip over and behind us were another group of fans waiting to collapse on top of us. Once at the bottom we were in the middle of a pile of fans with several people hurt including both of my parents. Me and my girlfriend frantically tried to get out of the way and help my parents and another older couple who seemed to get the worse of the fall. Once in first aid there were several people getting checked out. Everything from bruises to possible broken bones. It was a very scary experience and a sad way to end the day after a huge flyers win."
By all accounts it appears that the fans involved were not seriously injured.

A representative for Comcast-Spectacor said the escalator was immediately closed and was not in use when the basketball team the 76ers played later Saturday.

"The comfort and safety of our guests is our number one concern," Ike Richman, vice president of public relations for Comcast-Spectacor, said in a statement.

"Immediately following today's game an incident did occur involving one of our escalators. We immediately closed it down to protect our patrons and notified the operator," Richman said. "We are working with the operator on investigating this incident."

Here is the video of the incident:

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