Elderly man's legs amputated after being crushed by elevator
Technical Standards and Safety Authority investigating elevator function
A man in his 80s had both of his legs amputated in surgery after they were crushed in an elevator accident on Tuesday morning, Ottawa police said.
Neighbours identified the man as Edward Stevens, a retired minister who had worked as a missionary in India.
His legs were pinned and "severely crushed" between the floor of the elevator and a floor of the building, paramedics said. He had been trying to get from the second floor to the first floor.
It's not yet known how the man came to be trapped in such a way.
He suffered multiple fractures and other injuries, and was conscious when paramedics arrived. Paramedics managed to stabilize the pinned man until an elevator technician manually lowered the elevator to free him.
Both of the man's legs were amputated in surgery later Tuesday, police said. He remains in critical condition.
Neighbours who live on the same floor as Stevens said he lives in the co-op with his wife. His name has not been released by police.
'It certainly concerns me'
Administrators at the Eastern Ontario Christian Senior Co-op said counsellors are being brought in to help residents deal with the incident.
"I have a bad hip so I inquired of the manager about the elevator and she said it was only two years old, it was brand new, and that it was checked once a month, so that I hadn't any reason to be concerned," Dunn said.
"It certainly concerns me. Because of the age of the people who are in the building, we need to be ensured of safety, for sure."
The Technical Standards and Safety Authority, which regulates all elevating devices in Ontario, is investigating with assistance from police.