John Hancock Center in Chicago is troubled by more elevator problems because passengers get stuck twice in two days – months after cables break loose causing a car to plummet 84 FLOORS
- Debris collapsed on the roof of an elevator after it fell a foot or two and stopped
- Thirteen people gasped and panicked while rescuers rushed to save them
- Another accident left five people trapped after the doors of a lift did not open
- Construction management officials blamed & # 39; mechanical and electronic problems & # 39;
Panic passengers got stuck twice in two days in malfunctioning elevators in the former John Hancock building in Chicago, where a six-person car, including a pregnant woman, crashed 84 floors at the end of last year.
The last disruptions in one of the city's tallest skyscrapers took place on the weekend of July 19, confirmed the Chicago Dept. of Buildings.
One of the lifts with five people on board got stuck when the elevator doors did not open in the late evening of July 19 in the early morning of July 20.
The second accident with the elevator happened on July 21, when a car descending from the 96th floor of the building with 13 people on board dropped a foot or two around the second floor and stopped.
Phil Bird (second from left) was stuck between 13 people during a lift failure on July 21
Dirt crashed onto the elevator roof, making it sound like the passenger told Phil Bird, 37, of Ravenswood & # 39; Chicago Tribune.
Bird had arrived in the car with his wife, sister and her fiancé after a drink on top of the skyscraper.
Passengers stood in the elevator for 20 minutes and drank security three times before they were assured that help was on their way, Bird recalled.
People started crying and panic attacks, he said. Breathing for the entire group, including two older people, also became difficult because the elevator inside was getting warm.
Desperate for immediate action, the group called 911. Rescuers arrived and helped the passengers escape from a distance of 4 feet.
& # 39; It woke us up, & # 39; Bird said. & # 39; It has put the whole thing under pressure. & # 39;
A spokesperson for The Hearn Company, who manages the building, was not immediately available for comment.
Although no injuries were reported, the disruptions were still worrying after an elevator unexpectedly dropped 84 floors with six passengers on board in November.
The former John Hancock Center has had three elevator failures since November, including one that caused a car to crash 84 floors
A broken cable was the problem according to CBS Chicago, when the passengers left the 95th-floor Signature Room, a lounge and a restaurant, in the skyscraper.
It would take hours for rescuers to arrive and free the passengers due to the location of the elevator in a & # 39; blind shaft & # 39; for express cars & # 39; s.
The shaft has few access points from outside that firefighters could use to determine where the broken car was, the Chicago Tribune.
The most recent elevator failures were due to mechanical and technical problems, according to a statement previously issued by Hearn.
A building department inspection followed the July 19 failure, as required when a car is stopped for more than 30 minutes, spokesperson Gregg Cunningham said.
& # 39; We have found no problems & # 39 ;, he told the Daily Mail.
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