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Caught on camera: ‘Drunk’ metro passengers trip down escalators and tumble onto tracks into the path of trains in Washington

  • Passengers stumble onto tracks and fall dozens of feet
  • ‘Intoxicated’ people caught on camera all survived accidents
  • Experts say drunk passengers are a ‘danger to others’

By
Jennifer Smith


PUBLISHED:

12:04 GMT, 28 December 2013

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UPDATED:

12:05 GMT, 28 December 2013

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These are the moments
drunk Metro passengers found themselves in grave danger after falling
off the side of escalators and stumbling on to train tracks.

Footage
obtained from various stations across Washington shows four people
struggling to put one foot in front of the other as they made their way
to platforms.

One of the passengers, all of whom survived, even fell on to the train’s track before being rescued by other travellers.

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A 'drunk' man falls over the edge of a moving escalator in the footage obtained from Metro stations across Washington

A ‘drunk’ man falls over the edge of a moving escalator in the footage obtained from Metro stations across Washington

All of the people shown in the footage survived though their behavior was deemed dangerous by travel police

All of the people shown in the footage survived though their behavior was deemed dangerous by travel police

Another
tumbles dozens of feet after falling off the side of a moving escalator
in the early hours after seemingly consuming too much alcohol.

He falls two floors to the ground below, with dozens of other passengers rushing to his aid in the video obtained by News 4.

At
2.2.8 am on another night, a man leans against an escalator railing and
falls over its side, disappearing from the camera’s view.

Dan
Stessel, a spokesman for the transit agency, said each of the victims
shown in the footage was under the influence of alcohol. 

‘We want folks to ride responsibly.

Another man tumbles over the edge of an escalator as horrified passengers look on

Another man tumbles over the edge of an escalator as horrified passengers look on

Metro Transit Police said the actions of drunk passengers can endanger others as well as themselves

Metro Transit Police said the actions of drunk passengers can endanger others as well as themselves

‘If they do find themselves in a position where they have trouble walking or standing, they might want to take a cab instead.’

Joseph
Kitchen, a former member of Metro’s Riders’ Advisory Council, said
intoxicated passengers are also a danger to others riding the trains.

Kitchen
said, ‘Sometimes someone is too drunk and can’t control themselves. And
(other passengers) are tired of their outrageous behavior.’

The Washington Metro is policed by its own unit of law enforcement, the Metro Transit Police Department.

The
department is notoriously tough on rules relating to eating and
drinking in stations, with both strictly prohibited on trains, buses and
stations throughout the city.

A woman who appears to be intoxicated stumbles towards the platform's edge before falling off it

A woman who appears to be intoxicated stumbles towards the platform’s edge before falling off it

Passengers rush to help the woman off the tracks before a train enters the station in Washington

Passengers rush to help the woman off the tracks before a train enters the station in Washington

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