Inspectors say mechanical failure caused accident

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - A state report says an elevator that stopped between floors at a hospital in Elizabethtown, setting up an accident that injured an employee, occurred because of a mechanical failure.

A news release from the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet on Wednesday stated a restrictor was out of adjustment, causing the elevator car to stop and allowing personnel at Hardin County Memorial Hospital to open the doors between floors.

An employee, trying to get out of the elevator, slipped and fell 25 feet to the bottom of the elevator shaft early Monday and was critically injured.

Earlier this summer, an accident involving an elevator in western Kentucky killed 8-year-old Zachary Waddell at First Christian Church in Sturgis on June 13.

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