7 Nepalese hurt as hotel lift crashes

January 30, 2010

Six players and a Nepalese official were injured yesterday when a lift crashed at a hotel in the city, three-and-a-half hours before the launch of the South Asian Games, reports The New Nation.
The injured players are Radha Devi Rai, Debu Thapa, Kulu Man Tamang, Ramesh Magar, Gyan Bahadur Shrestha and Gopal Shrestha. The injured official is Dem Basnet.
The players had come to Dhaka to participate in the 11th South Asian Games inaugurated at Bangabandhu Stadium yesterday. Female judo contender Kuluman Thamang was injured in her leg. She and the six others are receiving treatment at Square Hospital, according to Oli Ullah, Chief Executive Officer of the Bangladesh Olympic Association.
There were no fatalities thanks to the “spring jerk” system of the elevator, Mahbub Ullah added.
John Gomes, the General Manager of Square Hospital told The New Nation that, “No signs of severe injury were found in the initial diagnosis. But more examinations are going on.”
Marketing manager Mahbub Ullah of Hotel Imperial in Gulistan told newsmen that accident occurred at around 12:30p.m. The five were rushed to Square Hospital. Members of the Nepalese judo and weightlifting teams competing in the Games were staying in the hotel.
He said 21 people had boarded the 13-passenger lift. He rejected allegations that the accident happened due to snapping of cables and said the lift mechanism failed due to excess weight and the elevator fell to the ground.
But scouts members assigned to guide the Nepalese team dismissed the claim of eight extra passengers riding the lift and said it fell after the fourteenth passenger had boarded.

Courtesy of The New Nation

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