Yesterday evening, at around 7 p.m., an elevator at Shanghai’s Baoshan Wanda Plaza malfunctioned, going from the 4th floor to B1 without stopping. Once it had stopped, the elevator doors would not open, trapping 8 passengers inside for an agonizing 45 minutes.
Sina News reports that nobody was injured in the accident, though one 13-month-old child appeared somewhat traumatized by the ordeal and was taken to the hospital.
One of the passengers told reporters that they were going down from the 4th floor. “It should have stopped on the 1st floor, I don’t know why it didn’t, and then once we got to B1, the doors wouldn’t open,” he said.
Firefighters arrived at the scene and were able to eventually rescue the passengers from the hell of being in a confined space with seven other people for more than a half an hour. Hopefully somebody shut off the elevator music.
According to the sticker on the elevator, the next safety inspection is supposed to be carried out in March 2015… which was quite some time ago. Mall officials have yet to respond to the incident.
Of course, escalator accidents have been top news in China for the past few months. On Thursday, a four-year-old child was killed after he got stuck in an escalator in Chongqing, continuing an alarming wave of tragic accidents.
Overall, elevators seem to be the safer mode of travel, though that’s not always the case. In July, a 21-year-old woman was crushed to death in an elevator accident in Zhejiang.
[Images via Sina]