Woman trapped in escalator may lose leg

An elderly woman who got stuck in a Stockholm metro escalator for over an hour on Saturday afternoon may end up losing her left leg.

The woman’s leg got stuck when the escalator suddenly broke down at the Östermalm station in central Stockholm. She was freed after more than an hour and brought to hospital.

“There is concern that they will not be able to save her leg,” Ulf Höglund of the Stockholm police told news agency TT.

According to tabloid Aftonbladet, Stockholm metro operator SL and subcontractor MTR knew that there was a problem with the escalator model that had been installed at the Östermalmstorg station. Aftonbladet has seen emails where MTR wrote that it had been informed by SL about a potential manufacturing fault with escalators used at five different stations. The emails say that the manufacturing fault could involve a security risk.

“The escalators where the accident happened is not one of the 18 we examined last week,” Jesper Pettersson, an SL spokesman, told TT on Monday. He said the Östermalm escalators and the other escalators are of the same model and have the same manufacturer, but the steps are made in different ways.

SL has shut down a total 39 escalators at 11 stations: Hötorget, Rådmansgatan, Odenplan, S:t Eriksplan, Östermalmstorg, T-centralen, Slussen, Mariatorget, Zinkensdamm, Hornstull and Skanstull.