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  •  Corralling and trampling is serious and dangerous (4+ / 0-)

    Decades ago when my kids were toddlers I was in downtown Boston when a furious storm hit.  We ran inside of a subway station hut, which had a glass wall with a glass door that opened inward.  About a dozen people had taken refuge from the storm as lightening was bouncing off the sidewalk outside.

    Suddenly the escalator behind us turned on and within just a few minutes hundred of folks were coming onto the landing.  Because of the fury of the storm the first people that got to the door just stood there looking out and did not get the door opened.  Within a very short time, just seconds really, scores of people had piled on top of these people.  And panic set in as now the door could not be opened.  I was about 8 feet to the left of that closed door.

    And more people were being carried up the escalator and into the mass of people already being crushed.  People started jumping over the side of the top of the escalator and eventually the area where I was standing was also being crushed.  I had my kids down on the floor and I was being pressed up against the glass and at a point that I was about to faint as my diaphragm was not able to move because of the extreme pressure on me from those behind me.  I could not breathe.  No one could breathe.  There was shear panic.

    THe screams were awful.  I will never forget it.

    Someone in the subway at the bottom of the escalator finally figured out what was going on and shut the power off to the escalator.

    Someone pulled me and my kids outside.  All over the place people were helping those who had been crushed.  We were so lucky that no one was seriously injured.

    So, folks...please be careful.  Don't let yourself be forced into a situation where trampling is possible.  It does not take much to cause panic.  

    I fall down, I get up, I keep dancing.

    by DamselleFly on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 05:34:58 PM PDT

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