Guard critical after falling down lift shaft

2012-03-31 12:30

Johannesburg - A security guard was critically injured on Saturday morning after he fell three storeys down a disused elevator shaft at an abandoned hospital, Johannesburg paramedics said.

"Common cause information indicates that guard had been in pursuit of youths who had broken into the vacant [Kempton Park] hospital. In the process he fell into the disused shaft," said Netcare 911 spokesman Jeffrey Wicks.

He said paramedics were able to prise open the elevator doors on the bottom floor.

"The man was in a critical condition, having sustained significant facial trauma as well as multiple fractures," said Wicks.

He said the man was stabilised and transported by ambulance to hospital.

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