Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Elevator Turns Into Jaws of Death

Photo Courtesy of Daily News

BANGKOK – A man was crushed by an elevator in the office of J.M. Apparel Ltd in Sathorn. Office workers, police and emergency personal were unable to pull him from the vice like grip.

The office was a four-storey building with a large apparel export business. On the third floor near the carriage elevator, emergency crews faced a horrible image. The body of Mr. Somsuan Koetsuk (first name means: a perfectly proportional body and the last name means filled with happiness and joy) age 52, a messenger of the company, was crushed by an elevator that fell on his body stuck between the entrance and the elevator shaft. The rescue team immediately tried to lift the elevator with tools but the man succumbed to his massive injuries.

From investigation it was known that Mr. Somsuan Koetsuk and friends had tried to take a large pile of fabrics in the elevator up to the second floor. When the lift reached the floor, Mr. Somsuan started to move the fabrics out but the elevator suddenly continued upwards onto the third floor. Unprepared, Mr. Somsuan fell leaving his upper body at the elevator entrance, and his lower body in the shaft. Mr. Somsuan had tried to pull out his wedged lower half, but the elevator had a mechanical failure and continued to grip him. A number of employees at the company tried to help him out before calling the police over.

Now that Mr. Somsuan Koetsuk’s body is no longer proportional people are suggesting that it may not have been an accident. The police are also investigating the incident further as they are not completely convinced by the way the lifts operated. Something seemed rigged.

Courtesy of Daily News

Writer: Adrian Tse & Chet Chetchotisak