Friday 24 November 2017

Woman found dead in lift 30 days after work crews cut its power

The work on the broken lift was delayed partly because of the new year holidays Credit: Stock Photo (Getty Images)
The work on the broken lift was delayed partly because of the new year holidays Credit: Stock Photo (Getty Images)

David Kearns

Several people are facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter after the body of a woman was discovered in a lift a month after its power was switched off.

The grisly find in the city of Xi'an has led to the arrest of the maintenance crew who allegedly cut power to the elevator without checking to see if anyone was inside.

In a statement, the Gaoling district government said two maintenance workers turned off the power to the lift on January 30 after they were called in to check on a glitch.

When a crew returned a month later, March 1, to inspect the repairs, they found the body of a woman inside.

The work on the broken lift was delayed partly because of the new year holidays.

“The woman was identified as a 43-year-old resident of the building, who was living by herself at the time,” a spokesperson for the Gaoling district authorities.

“Police are treating the death as involuntary manslaughter and several arrests have been made.

“Their failure to check properly amounts to gross negligence.”

In July, a Chinese woman was killed when a metal platform at the top of an escalator suddenly caved in.

The young mother was holding her two-year-old son at the time but managed to tossed the child to safety before she was pulled under by the escalator.

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