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« on: March 07, 2016, 04:42:24 am »

Woman gets trapped in an elevator for a month
Posted on Sunday, 6 March, 2016

Being trapped in an elevator is the stuff of nightmares. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Harrihealey02
A woman in China died after workers shut down an elevator without checking to see if anyone was inside.
Being stuck inside a broken-down elevator remains one of the most common fears of the modern age, but for one poor woman in the northern city of Xi'an earlier this year, this nightmarish situation actually became a reality after an elevator in a residential building unexpectedly malfunctioned.

When workers arrived to carry out repairs they shouted up to see if anyone was inside and, having received no response, shut down the power and headed off home for the Lunar New Year holiday.

Unfortunately they failed to return for an entire month by which time it was far too late.

An investigation by local authorities concluded that the woman, who was 43 years old and had lived on her own in the building, had died due to the maintenance company's failure to open the car and check whether there was anyone inside before cutting off the power.

The incident follows another accident in China that happened last July when a woman fell through an escalator to her death after a metal platform at the top suddenly gave way without warning.
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