Jennifer Nottage and her two kids, Alyana, 6, and Elijah, 12, were among the scores streaming up the escalator from the Back Bay commuter-rail stop for the Bruins parade yesterday morning when things came to a crashing halt. In e-mail, the South Attleboro resident writes:
My kids, ages 6 and 12 and I were about 3/4 of the way up. I was taking pics of the crowd.
At that moment, the chain or something snapped and the escalator flew backwards. People fell screaming ran up if they could. I lifted my daughter (the 6 year old) up. She grabbed the railing and held on. Someone on the stairs pulled her to safety.
My son's feet got sucked into the escalator stair part. He yanked them out, his shoes stayed behind. He was cut and bleeding.
When I fell forward, people trampled over me - foot prints on my back, etc.! My left thigh and knee were stuck slightly in the escalator stair; I pulled it out, raced to top where my kids were. We were all in shock! Went to hospital, etc., nothing broken but crazy intense pain in my leg and back. My son's ankle is a balloon this morning.
Nottage's leg after the incident: