A 14-year-old boy bled to death after his leg got trapped in a lift in an apartment complex on Nelson Manickam Road on Tuesday evening.
The incident came to light after the security guard of the complex went to check the lift following a complaint from a resident that the lift was not functioning. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
Sources with the Aminjikarai police identified the victim as V. Kaleeswaran, a student of Standard VIII at the Chennai High School in Choolaimedu and resident of Vada Agaram Road in Choolaimedu.
Police said that around 5.30 p.m., Kaleeswaran's mother Manonmani, a flower vendor on Nelson Mainckam Road, asked him to deliver flowers to a flat on the D Block of Nelson Chambers Apartment Complex.
“Around 6 p.m., one of the residents of the 44 houses in the seven-storey block asked the security guard to check why the lift was not working. The guard went to the ground floor and opened the main door of the lift. He saw the lift stranded between the ground and first floors and a leg caught between the automatic doors,” said an investigating officer.
The guard alerted the residents who called the police. Firemen from Kilpauk Fire Station came and opened the lift to find the body of Kaleeswaran inside, the officer added. The body was taken to the Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital for post-mortem.
Investigations are under way to establish the cause of the death and whether there was a fault in the elevator.