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Worker detained for questioning after girl crushed by PDC hospital elevator

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A man has been taken in for questioning after the death of a six-year-old at an IMSS hospital. The little girl died Monday night after becoming partially stuck in a moving elevator. The accident happened around 11:30 p.m. Monday at an IMSS hospital in Playa del Carmen.

According to preliminary information, the child was brought to the hospital by her parents who suspected she had dengue. The girl was placed on a stretcher and walked onto an elevator with hospital staff when it began to move upward.

When the elevator began to go up, the door was still open and only half of the stretcher with the girl was inside. While people on the floor side of the elevator tried to stop the things that were in motion, they were unable to do anything.

People from the floor tried to stop what was in motion but were unable to do anything. Photo: July 10, 2023.

The bed with girl was crushed by the elevator. Civil Protection and elements of the Playa del Carmen Fire Department were on scene late Monday night and into Tuesday morning. Machinery was brought in to break open the wall to remove the body from the trapped stretcher.

The IMSS hospital released a statement saying authorities were immediately notified of the accident and that the maintenance of the elevator is the responsibility of an outside company.

At noon Tuesday, the FGE released a briefing on the accident saying “The FGE Quintana Roo reports that it opened an investigation after the death of a girl pressed in an elevator at the clinic of the IMSS in the municipality of Solidaridad. In this event, a male person was detained while the causes of the events that led to this unfortunate death are determined.”