Horrifying moment lift passengers are thrown to the ceiling as malfunctioning elevator plummets
- The lift juddered to a halt before plummeting like a Disneyland ride, injuring 3
This is the horrifying moment that three passengers in a tower block lift were sent crashing into its ceiling as it plummeted like a theme park ride.
The three passengers were descending in the elevator of a block of flats in the city of Changsha, Hunan Province, China, when it juddered to a halt at the fourth floor and refused to move.
As the passengers tried anxiously pressing buttons, hoping to get it to move, it suddenly dropped – the acceleration so rapid that the trio were sent flying into the air, crashing into the sides and the top of the lift.
One rider is flung skywards so violently that he crashes into the ceiling – before gravity catches up with him and drops him on top of the other two passengers, who were thrown against the walls.
All three can be seen writhing in pain on the floor in the aftermath of the lift’s violent descent on Saturday August 26 – with one reportedly suffering damage to their spine.
Passengers in the lift in Changsha, China, were sent flying in the freak incident
One passenger reportedly suffered two fractures to their lumbar – the lower part of the spine – while another escaped with just bruised legs
The passengers can be seen anxiously trying buttons as the lift judders to a halt
They look around anxiously as they wonder what to do next – unaware of the terrifying experience they’re about to go through
In a CCTV clip published by the New York Post, the three occupants of the lift can be seen trying buttons and anxiously looking around as the lift sits at a standstill.
As the lift enters freefall and the passengers crash into the walls and ceiling, the person filming the camera clip on their phone exclaims: ‘O, wo de tian a’ – Chinese for ‘Oh my God’.
Li, one of the passengers on the lift, told news agency Newsflare: ‘Everything was spinning. We were all thrown in the air before crashing onto the floor.’
He said the lift ‘stopped while descending’ and ‘wouldn’t budge’ before it crashed to the ground in a scene straight out of a Disneyland ride.
Li said he only suffered minor bruising to his legs, but another passenger reportedly fractured two lumbar bones in their lower back.
A woman named Wu, who said she was the wife of the man who suffered broken bones, added: ‘Had there been elderly or children inside the elevator at the time, I dread to think what could have happened.’
Residents have reportedly expressed concerns about the lift to property managers in the past.
The passengers are seen sitting on the ground in pain after the lift crashes to a halt
Images taken by the passengers in the lift show the horrific aftermath of the incident
Medics attend to those injured in the lift. Management at the block said it will pay the medical expenses of all those hurt
Representatives for the building management said they are cooperating with the fire department, and sent representatives to accompany the injured to hospital.
They are reported to have pledged to pay all medical expenses connected to the incident.
Otis, which manufactures the lift involved, said it was sending technicians to examine and repair the machinery.
The experience bears a chilling resemblance to the Disneyland ride The Tower of Terror, which is inspired by classic sci-fi anthology show The Twilight Zone.
On the ride, passengers board a ride carriage styled to resemble the service elevator of a 1930s Hollywood hotel – and are hoisted nearly 200ft into the air before dropping 130ft into darkness.
Earlier this year, a woman in Indonesia died after forcing open the doors of a lift in an airport and stepping into an empty lift shaft – unaware that the correct doors had opened behind her.