EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCourthouse Employee Gets Stuck In Elevator
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Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jul. 5, 2013 4:56 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 5, 2013 5:03 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Diana Fudge was going about her morning work routine at the Cabell County courthouse, when she got on the elevator to go up to the second floor. That's when her Friday morning took at turn for the worse.
Fudge and another woman were riding the elevator when all of the sudden she said, "it kind of jerked, and then it just stopped."
Fudge said she called several people to try to get some help. "I wasn't nervous. I knew that eventually someone would come and get me out," she said.
She even tried to make light of the situation. "I just sat in the floor and played on my phone and got on Facebook and texted my friends and called my friends. It was quite interesting for a little over an hour," she said.
The elevator was closed down for improvements recently, but was back open. A maintenance workers told us it was a small part that malfunctioned to cause the brief outage.
The elevator company was able to open the doors, and a coworker helped get the women to safety.
Coworker Bill Hall explained, "She was about this (waist) deep in, and we reached our hand in and pulled her up out!"
Fudge said, "I was thankful! I was ready to get out."
That doesn't mean she'll stick to the stairs.
"I won't have any problem at all getting back on it."
The elevator was back open Friday afternoon.
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