Video: Stadium Escalator Accident On Baltimore
A teenage girl was killed and 46 other kids were hurt in a freak accident involving an escalator in a stadium on May 2,1964.
A large number of kids started boarding an escalator on the third-base side of the stadium as the national anthem played prior to the start of the game.
The escalator went from the lower deck to the upper deck. Unfortunately, the top of the escalator was partially obstructed by a thin metal gate that only permitted one person to get through while three or four youngsters at a time were boarding it at the bottom.
Children started falling back on top of one another in a crush of bodies as a result of the mass of children being blocked at the top.
Melville Gibson, a 65-year-old stadium usher, finally reached the escalator's emergency shut-off valve and switched the escalator off after the children had been cut and dismembered by the moving steps.
To stop pranksters from shutting it off while people were on it, the shut-off switch had previously been relocated to a wall across from the escalator.