One injured in escalator incident at Bellevue Square


An escalator at Bellevue Square had a mechanical failure Thursday night, resulting in minor injuries to a 30-year-old male.

The incident occurred at 7:21 p.m. at an escalator in the Bellevue Square common area within Macy’s Department store.

The man, as well as another adult and two children, were transported to Overlake Hospital as a precaution.

Firefighters disconnected the escalator’s power and worked with Kemper Development Security to ensure the area remained safe. The state escalator inspector has been notified.

All escalators throughout Bellevue Square are frequently inspected by the escalator contractor and monthly by the state (Department of Labor and Industries), according to Jennifer Leavitt, VP of Marketing for Kemper Development Company. Kemper Development will work with Schindler, their escalator maintenance company, and the state inspectors to determine the cause of the escalator’s failure, Leavitt said.

Firefighters from both Bellevue and Kirkland responded to the incident.

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