Commuters in New Jersey were thrown into a panic when the escalator they were on suddenly switched directions and started going down. Some tried to walk in the opposite direction, while others attempted to jump off in order to avoid the pileup at the bottom.

Teresa Priolo of WNYW reported live from Jersey City, NJ where Port Authority investigators are looking into whether the malfunction may have been a result of the damage from Hurricane Sandy.

One commuter described the scene, saying, “It was like being on a freefall but with people on it.”

Six people suffered minor injuries.