ST. PAUL (AP) -- A woman was seriously injured when the elevator she was boarding suddenly went up several feet and pinned her half in and half out of the elevator car.
The 22-year-old woman, whose name was not immediately released, was pinned at Regions Hospital for about an hour Thursday afternoon before the elevator was manually lowered and she was freed, said Timothy Rose, hospital spokesman.
"The elevator rose suddenly, and her right leg and upper torso were caught inside the elevator, and her left leg was pinned in the opening of the elevator," Rose said. "She was leaning forward at an angle and facing inward."
The woman was listed in serious condition and her family asked that no information about her injuries be released, Rose said.
Six other passengers already had boarded the elevator, and they were stuck on the elevator with the woman during the hour it took to free her, Rose said. The woman was visiting the hospital and was getting onto the elevator on the main floor.
The elevator was shut down, and other elevators at Regions were inspected and found to be working safely. The elevator, which is maintained weekly by Millar Elevators of St. Paul, was inspected last on the week of Sept. 14-19 by Elevator Consulting Services Inc. of Lakeville, Rose said.
The Rev. Donald Patterson, the hospital's director of pastoral care, helped counsel the other passengers on the elevator. He had just returned from New York where he offered counseling after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the Nov. 12 crash of American Airlines Flight 587.
"You never say you've seen it all because something will come along to prove you wrong," Patterson said.
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