Jul 19, 2013

    Boy, 11, dies in freak lift accident

    AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy was crushed to death when he tried to climb out of a stuck lift that moved suddenly.

    The horrifying incident, which occurred at the Desa Tun Razak apartments at about 1pm yesterday, was witnessed by 17 others in the lift.

    Khairul Amir Azri Lani was on his way home after school. He was heading to the 15th floor when the tragedy occurred.

    He had joined the other lift passengers, most of them students, to go to their respective floors.

    During the ascent, the lift suddenly came to a stop between the second and third floor. After being stuck in the lift for 45 minutes, Khairul Amir decided to climb out of the lift.

    He had managed to stick only his head out of the gap between the top of the lift and the third floor when the lift started to make its ascent suddenly.

    Khairul Amir, who could not free himself from the gap in time, died after he was crushed by the moving lift.

    Witness Mohd Noor Asyriq Mohd Zafridin, 17, said the lift passengers could only scream in horror when the victim's head became stuck between the lift ceiling and the floor of the third level.

    "The passengers screamed as they saw his body convulsing for several seconds. But there was no sound from him," he told The New Straits Times.

    The remaining passengers were rescued by firemen who received a call at 1.16pm.

    Residents said the lifts had been replaced recently after the old ones malfunctioned.

    The boy's uncle, Mr Kamarul Hisyam Mat Zain, 30, said the family was mulling over whether to take legal action. He claimed the building's lifts were notorious for technical glitches, but not much had been done to fix them.