Officer critically hurt in Philadelphia elevator accident

An accident at Philadelphia's main criminal courthouse has left a sheriff's sergeant with critical head and chest injuries


Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — An elevator accident at Philadelphia's main criminal courthouse has left a sheriff's sergeant with critical head and chest injuries.

Deputy Fire Commissioner Jesse Wilson tells WPVI-TV the 50-year-old man was in an elevator that had some type of structural failure Thursday morning. That elevator car crashed through some concrete flooring on the upper floors of the 17-story Criminal Justice Center.

He says debris then hit the top of a second elevator below it in a nearby shaft. A woman in that elevator had seemingly minor injuries and was able to talk to news crews before being taken away in an ambulance.

Wilson says they have ruled out any explosions, but are still investigating what caused the accident.

The elevators are used by courthouse employees, judges and jurors, not by the general public.

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