Courtesy photoA 67-year-old woman told emergency responders that an elevator suddenly plunged

Courtesy photoA 67-year-old woman told emergency responders that an elevator suddenly plunged

Free-falling elevator injures disabled rider in Belmont

A disabled woman was injured Tuesday when the elevator at her Belmont assisted living facility went into free-fall, public safety officials said.

The accident happened just before 5 p.m., at the Lesley Terrace Senior Living Facility at 2400 Carlmont Drive. The victim, a 67-year-old resident who uses a power wheelchair, told emergency responders that after she entered the elevator on the third floor it started to descend and then suddenly plunged.

The elevator was stopped just before it reached the second floor by the automatic emergency brake system, but the sudden halt threw the woman out of her chair.

Firefighters had to free the woman from the elevator, and she was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

A woman who answered the phone at Lesley Terrace said the manager was not in and employees could not answer questions.

Erika Monterroza, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Industrial Relations, which is responsible for elevator safety, said the building’s three elevators were last inspected in September.

Monterroza said the department was launching an investigation into the faulty elevator.

“We would probably not allow it to be used until we know exactly what happened,” she said.

While news reports have been full of elevator accidents in recent days — a woman was killed at Cal State Long Beach last week and another woman died in an elevator accident in New York on Wednesday — Monterozza said that such incidents were rare.

acrawford@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsBelmontLocalSan Francisco

Just Posted

Epic Cleantec uses soil mixed with treated wastewater solids to plants at the company’s demonstration garden in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of Epic Cleantec)
This startup watches what SF flushes – and grows food with it

Epic Cleantec saves millions of gallons of water a year, and helps companies adhere to drought regulations

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler congratulates San Francisco Giants first baseman Darin Ruf (33) in the dug out after hitting a home-run in the 5th inning against the Washington Nationals at Oracle Park on July 9, 2021. (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
How Gabe Kapler sets the tone for Giants success with strategy, mindset

‘There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the hands-down manager of the year’

The Kimpton Buchanan Hotel in Japantown could become permanent supportive housing if The City can overcome neighborhood pushback. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco leaders must reject NIMBY discrimination against homeless housing

By San Francisco Examiner Editorial Board “We support supportive housing. But just… Continue reading

The 49ers, opening with a win against the Lions in week one, play the Eagles. (Courtesy 49ers)
NFL Week 2 predictions: Our picks against the spread

By Emmanuel Morgan New York Times Last-second field goals. Teams flooding the… Continue reading

“Ticket to Ride,” on view at RVCA’s Haight-Ashbury store, is made up of artistic renderings of Muni tickets. (Courtesy Optimist Williams)
Celebrating pre-tech SF through Muni transfer tickets

‘Ticket to Ride’ exhibit presents public transit as art and equalizer

Most Read