So this stuff really does happen. I’ve often wondered if it could. Now I just run and jump into elevators when they arrive. Or take the stairs.
Doctor decapitated by faulty elevator at hospital
By PEGGY O’HARE
Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle
Doctor was driven by compassion for indigent
An aspiring missionary doctor, who was voted by medical school classmates as the epitome of a good physician, was killed Saturday at Christus St. Joseph Hospital when an elevator malfunctioned, decapitating him, authorities said.
Hitoshi Nikaidoh, 35, of Dallas, a surgical resident at the hospital at 1919 La Branch, was stepping onto a second-floor elevator in the main building around 9:30 a.m. when the doors closed, pinning his shoulders, said Harold Jordan, an investigator with the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office. The elevator car then moved upward, severing the doctor’s head, Jordan said.
Worse is that his co-worker was inside the elevator when it happened and had to stay in there with the head for an extended period before rescue workers could get her out. Brrrr.