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Passengers injured during escalator malfunction

JERSEY CITY, NJ (WAVE) - Dozens of people were traveling up an escalator when it suddenly changed direction and started to head down on Tuesday.

Surprised by the sudden change, many passengers started screaming and jumping from the moving stairwell at the Jersey City PATH station.

A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the station, said at least four people were injured.

Two of the station's three escalators were shut down after the incident, forcing thousands of commuters to walk up the 128 stairs to the street.

The same station suffered extensive damage during Superstorm Sandy, though it wasn't known whether any residual effects from the flooding might have caused the malfunction.

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