A Louisiana family who lost almost everything in Hurricane Ida who came up here to watch the Saints play the Patriots on Sunday got off a train after the game at Back Bay were on that escalator that suddenly went into reverse, throwing them down and mangling them - they claim in a suit against the MBTA and the company contracted with maintaining the device.
Negligence suits are not normally filed so quickly after an incident, but in their suit, filed yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court, Karson and Holly Bethay of Metairie, LA, asked for an emergency order to block the T and Kone, Inc. from touching the escalator until they can have their own expert take a look for any possible evidence. In additional to physical evidence at Back Bay, their attorneys are also seeking access to all of the records the T and Kone have related to the escalator - which the T says Kone had inspected just three weeks earlier. And they ask that their expert be allowed to oversee any repair work following an initial inspection.
According to their complaint, the couple, along with their children Karson, Jr. and Savannah, took an MBTA train to the Patriots/Saints game, which their favorites won, then took the train back to Back Bay. After getting off the train, around 6 p.m.
The escalator malfunctioned while the Bethay family was using the escalator causing all the steps or treads of the escalator to rapidly reverse direction causing them, and numerous other passengers, to slide and fall down to the bottom of the escalator.
The Bethay family sustained multiple injuries as a results of the escalator's malfunction and failure, including multiple fractures of the upper and lower extremities; extensive facial, scalp, head and body lacerations and other injuries.
The Bethay family was transported to the Massachusetts General Hospital where they were admitted on an inpatient basis.
The complaint adds the family is now facing substantial expenses for medical and rehabilitation care, in addition to the pain and anguish the incident caused them.