Date
24 May 2017
Authorities have sealed off an elevator at a building in May Shing Court as they carry out inspections following an accident on Sunday. Photos: wikipedia, Wen Wei Po
Authorities have sealed off an elevator at a building in May Shing Court as they carry out inspections following an accident on Sunday. Photos: wikipedia, Wen Wei Po

Women get a scare as elevator plunges at Tai Wai estate

A Hong Kong woman and a domestic helper had some scary moments over the weekend as an elevator they were riding at a residential estate in New Territories apparently went into a free fall.

A 55-year-old lady surnamed Lee said she took an elevator, along with a Filipino maid, at a housing complex in Tai Wai Sunday evening.

After entering the lift, Lee pressed the button for the 15th floor as she wanted to pay a visit to her mother who was living there.

The elevator seemed to be working fine as it began its ascent. However, once it reached the 6th floor, it stopped and abruptly changed direction, according to Lee.

She said the lamps that indicate the moving direction suddenly switched to down from up.

As Lee and the 38-year-old maid began wondering what happened, the next thing they knew was that the elevator started plunging to the ground at high speed, news website hk01.com reported.

The women had to grab the rails inside the lift to avoid being thrown around.

The elevator then hit the ground level and came to a stop after a series of violent jolts.

Police officers and firemen had to be called to the scene to help get the women get out of the lift. 

Lee and the maid were both shaken badly by the incident, but fortunately they didn’t suffer any major injuries. 

The Filipino maid, however, complained of pain around her right ankle, prompting authorities to send her to a hospital.

The accident took place at about 5:20 pm when the pair entered the No.39 elevator at Yat Shing House, which is part of the private residential estate May Shing Court, according to Apple Daily.

May Shing Court was built as part of the government’s Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) initiative.

Authorities are conducting an investigation into the accident. The lift has been put of service as safety checks are being carried out.

Lee said she has learnt that there had been a similar incident earlier of an elevator going into a free fall at the estate.

Some residents have accused the estate’s management of being slack in dealing with elevator maintenance issues.

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