Pandemonium temporarily reigned inside the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City this morning after an escalator suddenly decided to violate the first of Asimov's Three Laws or Robotics.

Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico claims it was a mere "malfunction" that caused the 75-foot moving staircase to abruptly switch direction, injuring five commuters, but this is clearly the beginning of the end for us all.

The injuries were "mostly bumps, bruises, scrapes," according to Marsico. For now.

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[H/T: Mediaite]