They had come for a house-warming party, but ended up having a near fatal accident.
The 10 people who were in the lift at Chamunda Jewel CHS, Goregaon (West), which fell from the fifth floor on Sunday afternoon, were lucky to have escaped alive.
“The group was on its way to the seventh floor,” said Arun Jadhav, senior inspector, Goregaon police station, “The strings snapped due to the extra load and the elevator came crashing down.” The lift can carry maximum six persons.
The police said they were still trying to verify the exact cause of the crash and will reach a conclusion after the engineers carry out an inspection and submit their report.
Authorities at the Surana hospital where the injured were admitted said most of the victims were lucky to have even escaped. “The impact of with which the iron cage fell to the ground, it is a miracle that all of them have just sustained injuries,” said Afzal Shaikh, vice-president of the Surana group of hospitals.
Hospital authorities said most of the injured were suffering from compression fractures. A compression fracture is caused by the impact of falling to the ground at high speed, which leads to compression of bones resulting in a fracture.
According to the hospital authorities, Pravin Jain, 32, who is currently recuperating at the hospital, suffered the worst as he has sustained a major knee injury. He may require a surgery, authorities said .
Of the others, Dinesh Shrivastava, 37, Jasmine Jain, 40, and Darshan Gill, 40, sustained compression fractures, while Venkatesh Bajaj, 38, sustained a spine injury.
Apart from Jain, the authorities said, the four injured persons should be released from the hospital on Monday.