Twelve passengers were injured when an elevator fell from the 12th floor and crashed to the ground in Shenyang, Liaoning province on July 15.
The terrifying accident occurred at the Huayang International Mansion in Shenyang’s Heping district.
The 12 passengers, all NDE Media employees, were transferred to local hospitals and the five who suffered the most severe injuries are still being treated. Most of them sustained spinal injuries and fractures in their legs.
Four injured passengers are currently staying at the Orthopedic ward of the General Hospital of Shenyang Military Command, three of whom sustained fractures in their spines and ankles. A 23-year-old male patient dislocated his neck while another 35-year-old female patient’s lower body was paralyzed.
A 27-year-old patient, named Xiao Li, told reporters that he was leaving the building with some colleagues on July 15. Li recalled that the elevator began to sway from side to side and began slowly descending as soon as the doors were closed.
Suddenly, they saw sparks of fire next to the elevators doors, and the roof and lamps started falling apart, knocking out one of the passengers. Li said they were crushed on the elevator floor as the roof fell apart, and that some of them tried opening the elevator doors but were unsuccessful. When they reached the 12th floor, the elevator took a dive and crashed straight down to the ground floor.
The elevator in the accident has since then been sealed off and a security guard has been stationed right outside the corridor. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. It was reported that the elevator involved in the accident was manufactured by Toshiba Elevator and had been in service for 15 years. There has been previous malfunctions with this particular elevator, including sudden drops.
An employee at Toshiba who was helping with the investigation of the accident told reporters that the contract between Toshiba and the property owner had terminated for many years.
By Crystal Lau
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