Five people were injured when an escalator abruptly stopped during an appearance by Disney starlet Selene Gomez in a North Attleborough mall Saturday, police said.

While Selena — star of “Wizards of Waverly Place” and singer for Selena Gomez & The Scene — was answering questions at the Emerald Square Mall, an escalator lurched to a stop, sending a few people falling backward. Fire Lieutenant Jeffery Badger said five people were treated for minor injuries. Three of them were taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

Badger also said an investigation into the escalator malfunction will begin Tuesday. Overcrowding is a likely cause.

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Ashley Dean is a Blast staff writer

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