A escalator at a New Jersey train station suddenly switched directions Monday morning, causing a panic and injuring five people.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey tells Fox News that five people says the escalator malfunctioned Monday shortly after 9 a.m. at the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City, N.J.

The injuries were non-life threatening, but three people were taken to a local hospital for precautionary checks.

Nick Lukish, of Brooklyn, N.Y., says he was headed to work and midway up the escalator when the moving staircase started going down.

The 33-year-old says he saw a stampede of people at the base while others jumped on an adjacent escalator.

Lukish says he sustained cuts and bruises.

Two of the station's three escalators have been shut down.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.