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Couple in hospital after lift smashes into top of Hong Kong building

Man and woman, both 32, in critical condition in Kwai Chung hospital

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 April, 2018, 12:24am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 April, 2018, 3:11pm

A husband and wife were fighting for their lives on Sunday night after a lift they were in shot up and crashed into the top of its 46-storey building.

The man and woman, both aged 32, entered the lift on the ground floor of Block 2 of Waterside Plaza at about 4pm, according to the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department. The estate is on Wing Shun Street, Tsuen Wan.

The lift reportedly ascended quickly until it hit the top of the lift shaft, seriously injuring the couple. The compartment’s ceiling was crushed downwards.

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Another passenger had been in the lift just before the accident, but got out on a lower floor.

Firefighters were called to the scene and rescued the pair from the compartment.

The man and woman were seen conscious when sent to Princess Margaret Hospital, in Kwai Chung, but their conditions were later stated as critical.

A spokesman from the department said the suspension cables were still intact after the smash, and the department was still searching for what went wrong. The lift involved was out of use.

The estate, which opened in 1991, is run by Sino Group. The company said it was concerned about the incident and would arrange for the contractor to thoroughly examine the lift, as well as cooperating with the investigation.

In January 2014, a similar incident happened in Block 1 on the estate, with no injuries. A concrete structure on the top of a lift shaft was smashed by an uncontrolled ascension of a lift compartment.