Man and child injured in elevator accident

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A man and a one-year-old child were injured when they accidentally stepped into an open lift shaft in Durban, paramedics said on Thursday.

ER24 spokesman Christo Venter said the 30-year-old man and the child, who was in his care on Wednesday afternoon, stepped into the shaft when the lift doors opened. However, the actual lift was stuck two floors down at the time.

“[They] fell about two floors down and landed on the roof of the elevator,” Venter said.

“Bystanders realised what had happened and the child was extracted and transported to hospital in a private vehicle. It is unknown what the condition of the child is and what the extent of the injuries are.”

Other bystanders then rescued the man. He sustained multiple broken bones and was transported to Addington Hospital.

The incident, in a building in Gillespie Street, Durban, would be investigated.


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