Man injured when out of control elevator rises 30 floors in 15 seconds, crashes into roof

Providencia, Chile — A man was seriously injured on Friday when an elevator in Chile malfunctioned, rose rapidly from the first floor to the 31st floor and crashed into the building’s roof, according to multiple media reports.

Surveillance video posted to YouTube on Sunday apparently shows José Vergara Acevedo, 31, entering the elevator on the first floor of a building at Bustamante Community Park in Providencia.

When Acevedo enters, the elevator malfunctions and begins to rise before the elevator doors have closed.

As shown in the surveillance video, the elevator ascends more than 30 floors in 15 seconds, according to BiobioChile.

In the video, Acevedo can be seen attempting to push several buttons on the elevator’s control panel.

After reaching the 31st floor, the elevator crashed into the building’s roof, seriously injuring Acevedo, according to Emol Chile. He reportedly suffered head and leg injuries.

The building was finished just eight months ago, according to Infonews. The elevator was in the Tower B building of the complex.


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