Hancock woman hurt in elevator mishap
By Dwayne Bremer
Jan 10, 2014, 17:45
A Bay St. Louis woman was seriously injured Thursday when a home elevator malfunctioned, fell 10 feet and crashed on the ground, officials said Friday.
Bay St. Louis Assistant Fire Chief Monty Strong said Friday that BFD was notified of an accident involving an elevator on South Carolina Street about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
When firefighters arrived, they discovered that the elevator at the home had crashed with the homeowners inside.
Strong said the home was elevated and the elevator went from the ground to the second floor of the home about 10 feet in the air.
Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many homes in the Shoreline Park and Garden Isle communities have been built on pilings to comply with FEMA floodplain regulations and many have elevators.
Apparently, Strong said, when the elevator reached the second floor of the home Thursday, a mechanical problem caused it to plummet to the ground.
The woman, who was not identified by press time Friday, suffered a broken leg and other injuries, officials said. He husband, who was also inside, was not seriously injured, Strong said.
She was transported to the hospital, but no update was available on her condition by press time.