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Metro Escalators Fail In 2 Dupont Circle Incidents

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More escalator problems are being reported at Metro stations in Washington.

On Monday morning, a Dupont Circle station escalator jolted to a halt, causing riders to fall. No injuries were reported. A Metro spokeswoman says a problem with a handrail triggered an emergency stop.

Later on Monday evening, firefighters were called to the same station at Dupont Circle for reports of smoke coming from an escalator.

A Metro report shows the escalators have been breaking down more often, failing after about eight days of use on average. Consultants brought in during the fall blamed Metro’s poor maintenance practices.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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