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Child injured at L'Enfant Metro

1:45 p.m. Update: A 4-year-old girl severely injured her left hand after falling on an escalator at L'Enfant Plaza Metro station Thursday, according to transit officials.

According to spokesman Steven Taubenkibel, the accident happened at the Seventh Street/Maryland Avenue SW exit. Taubenkibel said the escalator would remain closed pending an inspection and review. Metro's disruptions page listed two other escalators at that entrance as working Thursday afternoon.

D.C. Fire/EMS spokesman Pete Piringer confirmed that the girl was transported to Children's Hospital with an injured hand. A message left for hospital spokesmen was not immediately returned.

-- Rick Rojas and Ann Scott Tyson

1:15 p.m. Update: Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein told The Post's Ann Scott Tyson that the girl's left hand was "severely injured."

12:55 p.m. Update: Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said a 4-year girl fell on an escalator while exiting L'Enfant Plaza Metro near the Seventh Street and Maryland Avenue SW exit, but did not provide any information on injuries.

Taubenkibel said the escalator would remain closed pending an inspection and review. Two other escalators between the street and mezzanine at that entrance remain functional, according to Metro's disruptions page.

-- Rick Rojas

Original post: D.C. Fire /EMS officials confirmed that a child has been transported from L'Enfant Plaza Metro station to Children's Hospital with an injured hand.

Details to come.

By Michael Bolden  | July 22, 2010; 12:39 PM ET
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It's almost certainly her parent's fault, but let's shut down all the remaining escalators just to be safe.

If it saves one little brat's hand, isn't it worth it?

Posted by: jiji1 | July 22, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the article states that the other escalators at that station ARE still working.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 22, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe that Metro shut down the escalators for "further inspection and review" and EMS was called for a little girl falling. Put a bandaid on her hand ad lets move on with life.

Posted by: mlfaulkner12 | July 22, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

It's a pity you didn't wait three minutes before you shot your mouth off, unless you believe a "severe" injury should just be repaired with a bandaid. Of course, had you read the post at all you'd have noted that EMS transported the child to a hospital, so you apparently believe EMS responders to be incompetent and unable to judge the severity of an injury.

Posted by: DragonofAnger | July 22, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

WashingtonDame, I am making a suggestion that could save lives.

Why do you hate children?

Posted by: jiji1 | July 22, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Do we smell a lawsuit?

Posted by: cibor | July 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Fire David Lacosse!!!!

Posted by: jrutter21 | July 22, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Of course we smell a lawsuit. It's almost certainly the parent's fault, but why not try to get some taxpayer money out of it?

Posted by: jiji1 | July 22, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

The article stated the child fell onto the escalator. Any number of scenarios are possible, but blaming the parent is a bit premature, and a typical knee jerk reaction from folks who don't have all the info available. Hasn't Washington been through enough of that this week?

Posted by: sahintepe | July 22, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Under what scenario do a responsible parents allow their 4-YEAR-OLD to fall on an escalator causing injuries that require hospitalization?

It is clear they weren't paying attention, but will probably soon be raping the taxpayer for shyster-money because of it.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 23, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

It's not uncommon for a crowd of rushing commuters on an escalator to bump into a parent/child and separate them physically, especially when initially stepping onto the escalator. It's also completely feasible for a child to pull away at any point of the ride, even for an instant. Holding both child's hands would also bring into question the stability of the parent riding the escalator. Who knows what the reason for this accident is. A whole bunch of "what ifs." It's clear WE weren't there, and laying unfettered blame on the parent is wrong, given WE don't have the facts.

Posted by: sahintepe | July 23, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

The responsible thing to do is to encourage parents/guardians with young children to use the elevators. I was in that station minutes before this incident and it was not overly crowded and the ELEVATORS were working.

Posted by: abbyowner1 | July 23, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Good grief. A kid falls and you people start yelling and screaming about "brats" and "parents" and how it inconveniences YOU. Is there anything that people don't complain about in comments sections? I'm 30 and I've tripped on the escalators before, thankfully not injuring more than my pride. Is that my parents' fault, too? Am I a brat? It happens. Give the kid a break. I hope she's OK.

Posted by: sunny617 | July 23, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Thank you sunny617.

Posted by: DOEJN | July 28, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

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