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Be Alert On Busy NYC Escalators - Someone May Be In Trouble

by J. Robert Burgoyne — last modified Oct 15, 2009 02:28 PM

While glancing at my phone and riding an up escalator from the #7 subway train at Grand Central today, I heard screams. I looked up and a lady was falling down the steps toward me.

I would guess that this woman had already fallen about 5 steps as her falling body nearly knocked me over. Fortunately the screams woke me from my unfocused state and I was able to quickly grab this woman and lift her back to upright. Someone behind me picked up and returned this woman's purse.

I know we're all busy and need to glance at our cell phones all the time, but here's a warning that your quick glance and lack of proper attention to your surroundings could be fatal to you or someone else. It only takes a moment for very bad things to happen.

Safety first, always.