Man dies in a freak elevator accident

WICHITA, Kansas – A 40-year-old man is dead after an accident involving an elevator.

It happened at 141 North Rock Island before 10:30 a.m. at a building being renovated into apartments.

A man and another worker were on the elevator and getting ready to head up to another floor.

“As the elevator was rising, the man for some reason fell down. He got his head caught between the elevator and the floor and the brick wall crushing his skull,” said Lt. E.J. Bastian, Wichita Police Department. “It is a pulley type system. The other guy was pulling the elevator up. That is why his back was turned to his friend.”

Police say the man may have suffered from asthma and may have been coughing right before the accident.

Officials say the incident cracked the 40-year-old man’s skull, even with his safety equipment on.

“Real freak accident. Never seen anything like this,” added Lt. Bastian. “Once he heard the guy fall, popping noise, that is when he turned around, and it was to late. If the thing was a little bit higher, he would have just fallen right into the wall just hitting his head.”

There were no other workers inside the building at the time.

The Sedgwick County coroner and detectives were called to the scene

“Anytime, when someone dies, we call out the coroner and detectives and our lab. They all come out,” said Bastian.

The victim’s name has not been released. He worked for a subcontractor of Key Construction.

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