Starve to death in a lift?
March 8, 2016 7:16am CST
The horror of getting trap inside a lift comes true in China. Apparently a woman was in the lift when it broke down. The servicing guys just knocked on the lift door, and asked if anyone was inside. They did not hear any response, so they shut down the lift, went back home to celebrate Chinese New Year. 30 days later they return, and find a dead woman in the lift. The speculation is that the woman has starved to death. I wonder how is it possible. I think it is more likely that she suffocated to death, and she desperately wanted to pry open the door, thereby leaving behind the scratch marks. When I got trap in the lift for a few minutes, I could not breath since the ventilator stops working too. I wonder why the residents did not hear the woman pounding inside the lift.
The body of a woman has been found in a lift 30 days after it was wrongly switched off by maintenance engineers in the Chinese city of Xi'an. Police are treating her death as involuntary manslaught
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9 Mar 16
What a nightmare. I rarely have the opportunity to be in an elevator. Usually hotels, hospitals,parking garages, maybe a dozen times a year. Now I'm going to think of that poor woman every time I'm in one. They should have forced the door open to make sure...
9 Mar 16
For us here in Singapore, we have to take several elevators a day. Our office buildings have elevators, the shopping malls have elevators, and most of us live in high rise apartments so we have to use elevators too. That woman incident is very sad, but I do wonder why she does not hit the door of the elevator when she can hear people outside. Another strange thing is that nobody misses her for a whole month! Aren't that sad?
• Toccoa, Georgia
14 Mar 16
@scheng1 From what I read, I got the impression that she did shout and bang on the door, but because all the employees working there, left the building because of the Chinese New Year holiday, that there was no one around to hear her cries for help.
• Guangzhou, China
9 Mar 16
What a bad news! Actually I haven't heard about this news before. Although I am active in Weibo and G+ but I haven't seen a post about it yet. Today many people will have a cellphone, and it is common to make a call in the lift since the signal is available. I don't understand why she didn't make a call for help. There is also an emergency button in the life, it should work, too.
9 Mar 16
I think she used the emergency button, that was how the maintenance guys came to check the lift. I just wonder why she did not pound on the door when the guys were standing outside, and shouting to see if anyone was inside. Once they switched off the power, I think the emergency button would not work anymore. For a whole month, nobody noticed anything. That sure is strange.