• Kyodo


Four people at Yokohama Station were briefly trapped Saturday evening in an elevator made by scandal-tainted Schindler Elevator K.K., the city’s Transportation Bureau said Sunday.

The elevator stopped at around 7:10 p.m. after ascending about 30 cm from the second-basement level of the subway station, the bureau said.

A Tokyo teenager died earlier this month after he was pinned between the floor of a Schindler elevator and the door frame when it abruptly rose with its doors open.

The four people in Yokohama, including a small child, were locked in the elevator for about three minutes until station officials arrived, the bureau said. No one was injured.

Schindler engineers found that an oil sensor in the elevator was malfunctioning. They changed the sensor and the elevator resumed working.

The doors to the same elevator have gotten stuck in the closed position twice before, in 1999 and 2003, the bureau said.

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