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Boston Woman Dies in 'Gruesome' Elevator Accident

'I heard just an ungodly scream'

(Newser) - A Boston woman was killed Monday in a accident involving what a neighbor calls a "terrible old elevator." Carrie O'Connor, a 38-year-old lecturer at Boston University, was pronounced dead at the scene after the accident around 5pm, WCVB reports. She had recently moved into the building in... More »

Reopened Monument Has a Little Glitch

The elevator conked out, at least for a while

(Newser) - The newly upgraded elevator at the Washington Monument stopped working just days after reopening to the public following a three-year renovation project, the AP reports. The National Park Service says there was a "brief interruption in service" for about an hour Saturday. Spokesman Mike Litterst said Parks Service staffers... More »

The Pope Needed a Rescue

Francis got stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes and needed firefighters to get him out

(Newser) - Pope Francis says he was stuck for 25 minutes in a Vatican elevator and had to be rescued by firefighters, reports the AP. "I have to beg your pardon," Francis told the crowd, per KIRO . Francis apologized to the faithful in St. Peter's Square Sunday for showing... More »

One Man Exited the Elevator. The 2nd Tried to, Was Killed

Horrific accident in NYC apartment building takes life of 30-year-old

(Newser) - A horrific accident in a New York City apartment building has left a 30-year-old tenant dead, and other residents say it's the result of ignored pleas to fix the site's elevators. Officials tell NBC New York that Samuel Waisbren was trying to exit an elevator in the lobby... More »

11 Workers Die After Elevator Cable Snaps

It is latest in string of Chinese industrial disasters

(Newser) - Eleven workers were killed and two seriously injured Thursday when an elevator at a construction site in northern China fell due to a snapped cable, state media reports. Voice of China radio said the accident, the latest in a series of deadly industrial incidents, occurred around 8am in the Hebei... More »

Woman Rescued After 3 Days in NYC Elevator

In a townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side

(Newser) - Feel like you had a bad weekend? It could have been worse. The New York Times reports a woman who worked at the residence at 48 East 65th Street in Manhattan was trapped in the townhouse's elevator from Friday night until the owners returned home Monday morning. A rep... More »

Elevator Drops 84 Floors, Causing Hours-Long Rescue

The passengers were pulled through a wall

(Newser) - The unthinkable happened for six visitors to Chicago's fourth tallest skyscraper when a cable snapped, dropping them dozens of stories before becoming trapped in an elevator for nearly three hours. Per the Chicago Tribune , the nightmare unfolded at the skyscraper once known as the Hancock Center on Friday when... More »

They Had a Foot of Air Space in Elevator. The Water Kept Coming

Dramatic rescue comes amid Toronto flooding

(Newser) - Toronto police pulled off an impressive rescue in the city swamped by flooding Tuesday night. Six minutes after receiving a call about two men trapped in a flooded elevator with only a foot of air space, officers swam into the water-filled basement of a commercial building and used a crowbar... More »

Elevator Joke Is Academia's New #MeToo Flashpoint

Male professor's 'lingerie' comment doesn't sit well with female professor

(Newser) - The world of academia has a small-scale furor on its hands over a joke told in a crowded elevator. It played out last month at a Hilton in San Francisco during the annual conference of the International Studies Association, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education . When someone called out a... More »

Instant Karma Greets Boy Who Peed in Elevator

Whiz kid caused a short circuit, which left him trapped

(Newser) - China's Ministry of Public Security released footage of a boy peeing in an elevator in an effort to warn about unsupervised kids. But it's the instant karma the kid received that's overtaken the conversation, per the BBC . The Friday footage from Chongqing shows a boy peeing on... More »

Mom Gives Birth, Then Dies in Freak Elevator Accident

Rocio Cortes Nuñez had just delivered her 3rd child via C-section

(Newser) - A Spanish woman who went to the hospital to birth her third child ended up dead in a horrific accident. The Local reports Rocio Cortes Nuñez delivered a child by C-section on Sunday at Seville's Valme Hospital and was being wheeled from surgery to a recovery room when... More »

Man Found Dead in Elevator Pressed Help Button Twice

'Something is not right,' fire official says

(Newser) - Investigators aren't sure exactly when 82-year-old Isaak Komisarchik died—but they know he died alone, trapped in an elevator, after calling for help and getting no response. The Denver man, who had dementia, was found dead in an elevator at an apartment complex on Aug. 2 after residents reported... More »

Number of US Occupations Automated Since 1950: 1

Pour one out for our lost elevator operators

(Newser) - While there's a lot of worry about robots replacing American workers, a paper by Harvard economist James Bessen found automation has made humans obsolete in just one job over the past 67 years. Of 270 occupations listed in the 1950 US Census, only elevator operator no longer exists due... More »

Elevator Door-Close Buttons Are Lies

Expert reveals they don't actually do anything

(Newser) - This. Changes. Everything. A feature in the New York Times notes that door-close buttons in elevators don't actually do anything—and haven't for decades. Functioning door-close buttons went out with the introduction in 1990 of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which requires doors to stay open for people... More »

Baby Dead, Mom Hurt in Fall Down NYC Elevator Shaft

They plunged down shaft after doors opened

(Newser) - A 6-week-old baby died in a horrific accident Thursday in a New York City building where there had been dozens of complaints about faulty elevators. Police say baby Areej Ali's mother was waiting for the elevator in the Brooklyn building Thursday morning when the doors opened, only for her... More »

Amtrak Hilariously Flubs Response Over Stuck Elevator

Still there? it asks, seven months later

(Newser) - Amtrak is taking its lumps after a Twitter misfire. In response to a woman's tweet about being stuck in an Amtrak elevator at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Amtrak tweeted on Wednesday, "We are sorry to hear that. Are you still in the elevator?" Well, no. Amanda Carpenter's plea... More »

3 Mayors Walk Into an Elevator, Get Stuck

Doors wouldn't open, cell phones had no signal

(Newser) - Three mayors walk into an elevator—but what happened next was no joke, reports the AP , though the officials managed to amuse themselves until they could be rescued about 40 minutes later. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto got stuck in the Westin Hotel elevator Thursday evening along with the mayors of... More »

Woman Trapped in Elevator Starves to Death

Repair crew left her trapped in there, officials say

(Newser) - The discovery of a woman's corpse in an elevator in the Chinese city of Xi'an has led to the detention of an elevator maintenance crew who improperly cut off power to the elevator a month ago without checking if anyone was inside, the AP reports. In a statement... More »

Shia LaBeouf Is Stuck in an Elevator— on Purpose

And he's livestreaming the whole thing

(Newser) - Trapped in an elevator for 24 hours with Shia LaBeouf. Sound like the stuff of nightmares? Not for the Oxford students currently lining up to ride the lift with the actor-turned-performance-artist. The Verge reports LaBeouf is spending a full day inside a university elevator, inviting people to ride with him,... More »

Worker Saves Puppy From Certain Death

Missouri maintenance supervisor was in the right place at the right time

(Newser) - There's a very lucky puppy still happily wagging its tail in Springfield, Mo., thanks to a quick-on-his-feet maintenance worker. Per the New York Daily News , security video shows what happened during Brian Ussery's shift Wednesday morning at an apartment building: A man with his dog on a leash... More »

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