Louisiana Family Sues MBTA, Kone Inc. For Back Bay Escalator Malfunction

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – A family from Louisiana is suing the MBTA and its contractor hired to maintain the escalator that malfunctioned last weekend at Back Bay Station.

The Bethay family is suing Kone Inc. for being “negligent and careless with respect to the inspecting, testing, servicing, safety, maintenance and repair of the escalator,” according to the lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court.

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Karson and Holly Bethay said as a result of the escalator’s malfunctioning, they, along with their two children, suffered from “severe personal injuries” including multiple fractures, lacerations, scarring and disfigurement.

On September 26, several people were hurt after the escalator suddenly reversed direction and sent people flying to the bottom. Boston EMS said nine people were hospitalized with “minor injuries.”

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The Bethay family is also asking a judge to order the MBTA and Kone to preserve the escalator and equipment so they examine the materials and determine the cause of the malfunction.

WBZ’s Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) tells use more about the family:

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