You'd think given the number of escalators in existence that escalator accidents would be few and far between. As it turns out, that's not the case. Just a couple of months back we wrote about a man who nearly lost his, well, "manhood" to an escalator accident. Granted, that was entirely his own fault, but, still, pretty alarming stuff. This time, the victim is hardly to blame and frankly, we're going to be taking the stairs from now until the end of time.
The shocking footage below shows a man walking onto a fairly crowded escalator, when all of a sudden the floor opens up, quite literally swallowing him whole. No joke, the man disappears into what we presume to be the depths of escalator hell. According to Mirror, the victim, who Turkish media name as Mehmet Ali Erik, was reportedly trapped for one hour under the metal stairs.
Man, can you imagine? We're getting claustrophobic just thinking about it. You can take a look at the video below.
If you laughed, even if for a moment, don't feel bad. So did we. The initial plummet (at the 23 second mark) was pretty funny, what can we say? That said, we immediately stopped laughing after noticing he wasn't crawling out. This wasn't just your standard Internet fail, this was a serious accident.
Mirror continued that after the man was rescued by firefighters, he was rushed by ambulance to the hospital. Further reports have not been released concerning his health. No fatality has been reported. According to local media, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) stated that a warning sign had been placed near the broken escalator before the accident. Perhaps authorities would be wise to secure those signs with a bit more integrity, yeah?