Top 10 Horrific Elevator Tragedies

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6. Sherwood & Caroline Wadsworth:

When the elevator in their home got stuck between floors, Sherwood and Caroline Wadsworth found themselves trapped with no way to call for help as temperatures rose into the 90s. They finally died from heat exhaustion in the closet-sized lift.

Autopsies on the elderly couple – he was 90, she was 89 – pointed to a tragic end to lives they shared for more than 60 years. Experts estimate that they had been dead for at least four days before a newspaper carrier called 911 out of concern that papers had piled up by their garage door.

Investigators were trying to determine what turned an elevator into a death trap inside the Wadsworths’  home, which overlooks Georgia’s coastal marshes.


7. Wilfred Gingrich:

This 11 year old sustained serious head injuries and died in Hamilton, Ontario hospital after a makeshift elevator accident at the Winroe Gardens Country Market. The probable cause was a mast from an old forklift.


8. James Neely:

On April 13, 2006, Neely stuck his head into the door opening of an elevator when an elevator operator was bringing down the car. Neely was struck and killed instantly.

Other employees who were working with Mr. Neely did not witness the accident. In addition to police, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration were called in to investigate.


9. Minato Ward:

The 2006 accident occurred in Minato, Tokyo. A 16 year old high school student was killed by an elevator as he was backing out of it with his bicycle. The elevator rose suddenly with the doors open. This caused asphyxiation.


10. Natasha Hopkins:


A 5 year old girl was crushed by an elevator at a west side women’s shelter. She was on the third floor of Bethel New Life Centre at the time. She was caught between a metal gate.


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