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Woman in wheelchair, trying to use Metro escalator, dies after fall

October 18, 2012 |  2:19 pm

Approximate location of incident shown in red.

A 60-year-old woman in a wheelchair died this week after she and her attendant fell backward trying to use an escalator at the Hollywood/Highland Metro Red Line station, transportation officials said.

“Apparently the elevator … was out of service operating from the mezzanine area to the street level,” Rick Jager, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, wrote in an email.

At about noon Tuesday, “a female in a wheelchair and her attendant apparently attempted to use the escalator from the mezzanine area to the street area and fell backward,” Jager wrote.

He said both the woman and the attendant were injured and were taken to a hospital, where the woman died Wednesday.

Officials with the county coroner’s office would not release her name because her family had not yet been notified. They would only say that she was in her 60s.

Jager said the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the incident and that it was unclear why the elevator was out of service.

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Map: Approximate location of incident shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

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