Worker Dies In Wichita Elevator Fall

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -- A man is dead following a service elevator accident Friday morning in Old Town.

Emergency crews were called to the 100 block of North Rock Island shortly before 10:30 a.m. That's where Key Construction is in the process of renovating a building in the area, converting it into apartments.

According to Wichita Police, a construction worker was riding in an open-door, pulley-style service elevator. While it was going up, police say the man fell and his head was caught between the elevator floor and the brick wall.

The 40-year-old Wichita man was pronounced dead at the scene from a head injury. Police say he worked for a subcontractor of Key Construction.

"A freak accident," said Lt. E.J. Bastian. "Never seen anything like it in 30 years."

Police don't know why he fell, but say he had asthma and are trying to determine if that may have played a role.

There was only one other construction worker in the building at the time. Police say the others were on break.

Posted by: Nick Viviani