An elderly man injured in an elevator-related incident earlier this month has reportedly died in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
The man, identified as Ratan Patil, stuck his head out of an elevator at his apartment in Mumbai’s Borivali suburb on October 2 as the door closed, the Times of India newspaper reported.
Patil, who was in his late 60s, was pinned in the elevator door and eventually dragged along as the taxi drove from the first floor to the first floor of the building, according to the newspaper.
Firefighters were later able to extricate a seriously injured Patil and he was taken to Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital in critical condition.
Three other people who were in the elevator with Patil and witnessed the incident were not injured, according to a local resident.
Patil suffered serious head injuries and suspected tracheal injuries, according to an unnamed senior doctor at Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital.
There were also difficulties in recording the victim’s blood pressure and pulse rate.
The elderly victim was unable to immediately undergo a CT scan or other medical evaluation due to his condition, the doctor said.
Patil was transferred to Nair Hospital on October 5. He succumbed to his injuries on October 7 and was buried last week.
Police have taken an accidental death record.
Patil’s housing association Tuljai-C has since closed the elevator, which was last serviced on September 24.
“We decided to completely replace the elevator instead of opting for a repair,” Jatin Damania, the society’s chairman, was quoted as saying by the outlet.
In a related story, which took place the day after Patil’s elevator incident, a 22-year-old university student in the Indian state of Rajasthan fell from the 11th floor of his apartment building into an elevator shaft and died, according to police.
The man, identified as Kushagra Mishra, accidentally fell down the elevator shaft of My Haveli residential building in Jaipur on October 3 when the doors of the elevator opened without the cabin, according to Ravindra Pratap, official at Bhankrota Station House.
Mishra, a second-year computer science student at Manipal University in Karnataka, was taken to the nearest hospital. He was then taken to Sawai Man Singh Hospital, where he died while being treated, police said.
His body was given to family members after an autopsy.
An investigation into the incident has been launched.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/elderly-man-dies-after-body-gets-stuck-moving-elevators-door-dragged-ground-floor-1839456?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution An elderly man dies after the body became stuck in the door of a moving elevator and was dragged downstairs