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Out-of-control elevator climbs 31 floors in 15 seconds with man inside, smashes into roof
Global News ^ | June 9, 2014 | Elton Hobson

Posted on 06/09/2014 4:03:39 PM PDT by rickmichaels

For most people, the scariest part of riding an elevator is the thought that it could suddenly plummet from great heights.

One man in Chile had the exact opposite (but equally terrifying) experience Friday, after an elevator he was riding in suddenly rocketed upwards out of control.

According to the Chilean news service Emol, 31-year-old José Vergara Acevedo entered the elevator on the first floor of a building at Bustamante Community Park in Providencia.

He presses a button to ascend, but you can already see there are problems as the elevator takes off without the doors having fully closed.

But when the doors open again mid-ride, it becomes clear to Acevedo that something is seriously amiss.

He presses the emergency stop button, then frantically begins to hammer every button on the panel, hoping to halt the elevator’s speedy ascent – but to no avail.

In 15 seconds, the elevator rises past all of the building’s 31 floors, before violently slamming into the roof of the elevator shaft.

According to reports from Chilean media, Acevedo was seriously injured in the collision, and had to be taken to hospital with head and leg injuries.

Out-of-control elevator


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1 posted on 06/09/2014 4:03:39 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

I didn’t think that was possible, I wonder just how many of the safeties were bypassed......................all of them?


2 posted on 06/09/2014 4:06:31 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: rickmichaels

Due to my very strange and inquisitive nature I began to research elevators when I first went to college, as the elevators in the dorm towers were very old and slow. One day I used the elevator and it began to go up and down, up and down, up and down. Normally I would have panicked and hit the alarm button, but I had read that when an elevator gets “lost” it will go up and down to try and figure out what floor it is on.


3 posted on 06/09/2014 4:06:38 PM PDT by LukeL
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To: rickmichaels

Due to my very strange and inquisitive nature I began to research elevators when I first went to college, as the elevators in the dorm towers were very old and slow. One day I used the elevator and it began to go up and down, up and down, up and down. Normally I would have panicked and hit the alarm button, but I had read that when an elevator gets “lost” it will go up and down to try and figure out what floor it is on.


4 posted on 06/09/2014 4:06:38 PM PDT by LukeL
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To: rickmichaels

Booosh’s fault or a bad computer.


5 posted on 06/09/2014 4:08:32 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: rickmichaels

I guess you can’t jump up in the air just before it hits bottom if you’re going up.


6 posted on 06/09/2014 4:08:52 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where? ?)
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To: rickmichaels

first thing that came to my mind

7 posted on 06/09/2014 4:09:20 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: rickmichaels

sometimes when this sort of thing happened on a real old elevator, the cable or hoist pulley / beam above breaks off from the impact and the elevator goes into free fall with the only thing that might stop it is inertial brake clamps on the hoistway beams.


8 posted on 06/09/2014 4:10:49 PM PDT by KC Burke (Gowdy for Supreme Court)
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To: rickmichaels

Thank God there was a solid roof or the man would have ended up on the moon!

Imagine if that had been an elevator in WTC...YIKES!


9 posted on 06/09/2014 4:11:02 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: rickmichaels
Another reason to be grateful for country living.

Nothing good happens above the first floor.     d:^)

10 posted on 06/09/2014 4:11:16 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: rickmichaels

Guess he really didn’t have anywhere to go but up...


11 posted on 06/09/2014 4:11:22 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Don Corleone

Yes, Otis Bush’s fault.


12 posted on 06/09/2014 4:11:58 PM PDT by txhurl (Trump/Cruz '16, and everybody else for Cabinet members.)
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To: rickmichaels

Nowhere to go but up.


13 posted on 06/09/2014 4:12:16 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: rickmichaels

Gawd I hate it when that happens.


14 posted on 06/09/2014 4:12:22 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: rickmichaels

>> l with head and leg injuries

Ouch. Nearly 14 m/h head first into the ceiling, and no doubt a reasonable speed back to the floor given rebound and gravity. Lucky to be alive.


15 posted on 06/09/2014 4:14:01 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: rickmichaels

It wasn’t the rise that got him, it was the sudden stop.


16 posted on 06/09/2014 4:14:29 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: rickmichaels

I suppose the salesman assured them that the Chinese elevators were just as good as the American ones, but cost 40% less....


17 posted on 06/09/2014 4:16:31 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: rickmichaels

I don’t like elevators. Or clowns. Especially elevators with clowns in them.


18 posted on 06/09/2014 4:18:59 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: proxy_user

My first thought.


19 posted on 06/09/2014 4:19:40 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: clintonh8r

Almost as frightening as the clown in the White House!


20 posted on 06/09/2014 4:21:41 PM PDT by NewCenturions
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To: rickmichaels

I met my last wife on an Elevator, too bad it wasn’t this one. Would have been less painful, for both of us.


21 posted on 06/09/2014 4:23:06 PM PDT by corbe (mystified)
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To: clintonh8r
I see what you mean!


22 posted on 06/09/2014 4:24:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: rickmichaels

**In 15 seconds, the elevator rises past all of the building’s 31 floors**

So 310 feet (average story=10 feet) in 15 seconds.

According to one online calculator that’s 42mph.

WOW!


23 posted on 06/09/2014 4:24:41 PM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Mastador1

A counterweight probably went into free-fall.


24 posted on 06/09/2014 4:26:35 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: corbe
Was Aerosmith playing?
25 posted on 06/09/2014 4:29:11 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: BenLurkin

AWAWAWAAAARGHHHHHH!!


26 posted on 06/09/2014 4:29:36 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: FredZarguna

There are still supposed to be safety braking systems functioning which in that instance may not stop the elevator but should have kept it from attaining that speed.


27 posted on 06/09/2014 4:35:51 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mastador1
A number of years ago, there was an employee of my company whose wife was killed in an elevator at a hospital she had been admitted to.

She was on a gurney being transported to another floor and as she was being wheeled into the elevator, it fell, crushing her as she was halfway into the elevator..........

28 posted on 06/09/2014 4:41:27 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Gamecock

Your math is off it is about 14.09 MPH


29 posted on 06/09/2014 4:41:49 PM PDT by verga (Conservative, leaning libertatian)
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To: rickmichaels

Poor guy, that sounds really terrifying.

In my less mature moments, I’ve been known to jump up and down in fast moving elevators..whether going up or down, it creates a really strange sensation. My kids showed me how in the 100-floor John Hancock Bldg in Chicago.


30 posted on 06/09/2014 4:48:05 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: rickmichaels

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xym98f_disco-elevator-remi-gaillard_fun


31 posted on 06/09/2014 4:48:35 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: rickmichaels

Good grief did Cloe hack into the elevator computer??


32 posted on 06/09/2014 4:51:08 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Refuse to remain silent.)
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To: rickmichaels

Cables broke?


33 posted on 06/09/2014 4:54:35 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

Mine too. But that’s a Wonkavator, not an elevator.


34 posted on 06/09/2014 5:05:49 PM PDT by paint_your_wagon
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To: Mastador1

As someone else alluded to, if enough safety inspections are skipped anything can happen.


35 posted on 06/09/2014 5:11:39 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: rickmichaels; All
Great article:

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/04/21/080421fa_fact_paumgarten?currentPage=all

36 posted on 06/09/2014 5:49:39 PM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: Billthedrill

Delta V is what causes injury.


37 posted on 06/09/2014 5:50:38 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: rickmichaels

BTDT. 12 story building and the elevator went to the 13th floor. I pushed buttons and it stopped on 5. I walked the steps to the 11th floor for a year after that.


38 posted on 06/09/2014 5:54:21 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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"BTDT. 12 story building and the elevator went to the 13th floor.

There was a Twilight Zone where something like that happened.

39 posted on 06/09/2014 6:15:11 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: rickmichaels

It was be awful to go through this but it could have been worse. Several years ago a doctor in one of the Houston medical center buildings tried to stop an elevator so he could get in. The door closed on his head and jerked it off. I think his head was inside the elevator with some other people but I can’t remember all the details.


40 posted on 06/09/2014 6:27:06 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: All

Did his head inform the other passengers what floor to press?


41 posted on 06/09/2014 6:51:43 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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To: Peter ODonnell

I don’t know, I wasn’t there.


42 posted on 06/09/2014 6:53:32 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: gura

Two thumbs up!!!
That was a good read!
Everything about elevators and a bit more!


43 posted on 06/09/2014 8:54:59 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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