Boy, 6, hurt in Tokyo Tower mishap

Kyodo

A 6-year-old boy descending from Tokyo Tower’s upper observatory deck received a hand injury Tuesday after one of the elevator’s windows broke during an emergency stop, the tower operator said.

The elevator came to a sudden stop about 200 meters from the ground, shattering a window pane and causing a fragment to cut the boy’s right hand, the operator said.

The boy was among 11 people in the elevator coming down from the 250-meter-high observatory. They were trapped for about two hours before the operator was able to manually lower the elevator to the main observatory deck, which is 100 meters below the upper one.

Witnesses in the elevator said it came to a halt after striking something in the shaft. Elevator services to the upper deck have been suspended until the cause of the accident is identified, the operator said. Tokyo Tower is 333 meters high.