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A 40 year old Grab driver in Chon Buri’s Samet subdistrict fell 4 floors down an elevator shaft in an apartment building Wednesday night, after the lift doors reportedly opened but the elevator had not arrived. The man, whose name was not provided, was returning from delivering an order at an apartment building located near the new Muang Electricity Market.

He reportedly pressed the button to go to the first floor and the doors opened but the lift was not present. He did not notice and stepped into the open shaft, falling 4 floors and landing on top of the elevator. He survived but suffered a serious ankle injury along with other minor injuries.

Rescue workers from the Tham Ratsamaneerat rescue team helped the man out of the shaft and to a local hospital for medical assistance. He reportedly had to be hoisted back up through the elevator shaft via a rope to the fourth floor as the lift wasn’t working.

Samet police are reviewing the incident as well as security video to determine why the lift did not operate properly and what caused the driver to not notice the lift was not present when the doors opened.

SOURCE: 77kaoded

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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    Ray

    August 7, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Dear Thaiger,
    Dear Jack Burton, you may want to ask why an elevator door would open when the cab was not there, since the motor that powers both sets of doors in actually on the moving car…and with the exception of large freight cars, the doors lock and do not move unless the car is there, and further, if the door were opened the car would not run. Thus, the question of how the cabin car got 4 floors away when the above doors must have been unlocked, could not happen with so many s after circuits on elevators. That leaves the question of….how the door opened itself with the car not there. Not possible. There is normally no motor on the Hall doors to move it. It is possible to use a tool to open the hall doors when the car is not present…but this would not happen buy itself… A better photo may reveal details that make sense. But unless there is a motor on the hall doors…this story is missing something. Like who opened the door ?

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