- Associated Press - Thursday, July 22, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. fire spokesman says a young girl has been taken to the hospital after getting her fingers stuck in a Washington Metro station escalator.

Fire and rescue spokesman Pete Piringer says the incident happened around noon Thursday at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station. According to Piringer, the girl suffered “significant injuries” to her hand but is alive, alert and breathing.

Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato says the girl is four years old and was traveling with her parents when she fell on the escalator.

Ms. Asato added that the station’s 7th and Maryland Ave. exit is closed Thursday afternoon following standard incident protocol until authorities have had time to inspect it.