Did you see this yet? It's video from Jersey City when a steep escalator started speeding
up and moving backwards during the morning commute.
You can see panic set in a little and some people leap off and hold on to the handrails while about a dozen people pile up at the bottom.
Five people were hurt...but not seriously.
When it first starts going down I don't understand why the people don't run faster to get up. It seems like they should be able to out run it....but maybe the shock confuses them into barely trotting up while the escalator speeds down freaking everyone out.