It’s something that nobody ever wants to undergo — being stuck in a lift in free fall.
Fortunately, a woman survived with leg injuries when the elevator she was in fell four storeys at Block 542 along Jurong West Avenue 1 last Saturday evening (Jul 1).
The woman, reportedly in her 30s, was with four of her family members in the lift — they had been out visiting a relative’s house for the Hari Raya Puasa celebrations when the accident happened.
Here’s how the accident transpired, according to the victim’s niece, Raudhah Putri:
- The niece’s dad was about to make his way out of the lift when his brother-in-law heard something snap from above.
- The dad was immediately pulled back into the lift, and the lift plunged down from the fourth storey.
- Lift got stuck halfway below ground upon impact.
- The dad pried the door open, injuring his hand — but got everyone out of the lift.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were called in around 9:40PM, and conveyed the woman to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. According to Channel NewsAsia, she is being treated for a torn ligament, while the rest of those who were in the lift escaped with minor injuries, and presumably, a life-long apprehension when riding elevators.
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has since suspended the lift for further investigations and carry out the necessary repairs.
What’s worrying though is the fact that the faulty lift was apparently brought up to the Town Council way before the recent accident, but no action was taken, according to Raudhah.
“So, before this, there was an accident happened but it was a group of boys and no one was injured. This matter was brought up to the Town Council and the (Member of Parliament) while they made their rounds in the neighbourhood. The MP was informed about this matter upfront by the residents and even after a year, no action taken. Even if the resident knew about the faulty lift, the guests didn’t know anything and this is the result of such ignorance.”
The Jurong-Clementi Town Council has yet to issue a statement about the incident in their district.