13 Hurt In St. Louis Mishap

An escalator collapse at Scottrade Center injured 13 hockey fans, including five who were hospitalized, at the end of the St. Louis Blues’ NHL home opener Oct. 8.

A fire department spokesman described the injuries as not serious and said the malfunction is under investigation.

Fire Capt. Bob Keuss said a crowded escalator carrying fans broke down around 9:30 p.m.

“From what I could tell from looking at it, it looked like the bottom four steps collapsed,” he said.

Rails on the sides of the escalator collapsed, causing the bottom steps to buckle, Keuss said. One person’s shoe or clothes had to be freed from the mechanism.

Other witnesses report that the down escalator seemed to speed up, then abruptly halt, throwing fans into each other, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Blues owners Dave Checketts, Mike McCarthy and Ken Munoz, and club president John Davidson reportedly went to the hospital to check on the four adults and one child who were hurt.

“The safety of our fans is always our first and foremost concern,” ownership group spokesman Eric Gelfand said. “We are hopeful they are well and being taken care of and we have already begun to investigate the cause of the accident.”

This mishap was at least the fourth of its kind in recent years at sports stadiums.

A 2007 accident at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., injured seven after a football game; 30 were hurt after a Colorado Rockies baseball game in Denver’s Coors Field in 2003 and 43 suffered injuries before a Baltimore Orioles ballgame in Camden Yards in 1994.