On May 2, 1964, an escalator in a stadium caused a strange accident that killed a young girl named Annette Costantini and injured 46 other children.
On this day, the Orioles held “Safety Patrol Day” to honor the children who have helped keep their fellow students safe on the way to and from school by being part of safety patrols for their schools.
As part of the event, 20,000 school children from across Maryland received free tickets to see the Orioles play the Cleveland Indians.
Video: Stadium escalator accident in Baltimore?
As the national anthem was played before the game began, many children began climbing an escalator on the third base side of the stadium.
The escalator ran from the lower deck to the upper deck. Unfortunately, there was a thin metal gate at the top of the escalator that only let one person through. At the same time three or four children got on downstairs.
Children began to fall on each other again as the mass of children above blocked their path.
Melville Gibson, a 65-year-old usher at the stadium, finally reached the emergency shut-off valve on the escalator and shut it off after the moving steps cut and fractured the children.
The turn-off switch had been moved to a wall across from the escalator so pranksters couldn’t turn it off while people were on it.
Annette Costantini was killed at a baseball game in Cleveland?
Annette Costantini, an eighth grader at St. Dominic’s School in northeast Baltimore, was found crouched at the top of the escalator after the body was removed.
Several other Catholic students in the Hamilton area were injured in the incident. The escalator that killed Annette Costantini, manufactured by Otis Elevator Co., was found to be in good working order and almost brand new.
But the emergency stop button for the escalator was placed on a wall opposite the escalator. This was done to keep people from turning it off while people were on it.
To resolve the anger and stop the escalator, a stadium attendant had to go through children who fell and rolled over.
It wasn’t the kids’ fault or the escalator’s fault; it was the mistakes of adults.
With the Left Field stands already packed with Safety Patrol students, Orioles management decided to let the kids who arrived before the game sit on the upper deck.
It was the worst accident that ever happened at the stadium. Before the May 2 game, a channeler, who had likely been left there from a previous event, stood at the top of the escalator on the third base side and let kids enter three or four at a time, but only exit one at a time.
Children started tripping over each other, people got on lower and lower, and the escalator kept going.
Annette Costantini parents: who are they?
No one in the news has talked about Annette Costantini’s parents. After their daughter was injured, no one at St. Dominic’s recalls speaking to or hearing from the family.
Even though they weren’t in the news, they may still be thinking about their daughter.
We don’t know much about her family, so we don’t know if she has siblings or not.
Nevertheless, Annette’s family is very friendly and helpful. They set an example for the people who live now and for those who will come after them. Most of the time, a person’s success is fueled by a loving family that helps them achieve their goals.