Governor Gets Trapped in Malfunctioning Elevator

West Virginia's Jim Justice was stuck for around 30 minutes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 8, 2021 3:59 AM CDT
West Virginia Governor Gets Trapped in Elevator
The West Virginia governor’s mansion in Charleston, W.Va.   (AP Photo/Anthony Izaguirre)

A malfunction caused West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to become trapped in the elevator at the governor's residence Thursday, his office said. The Republican governor was stuck for about 30 minutes after the malfunction as mansion staff, state police, and other state government personnel worked to open the elevator, Justice's office said in a news release. A crowbar and other tools were used to pry open the elevator doors, the statement said. “I appreciate those who helped out this afternoon and the expressions of concern I’ve received,” Justice said.

In a separate incident recently, First lady Cathy Justice also was trapped briefly in the elevator, the AP reports. "I’m just fine, thankfully, and so is Cathy after having a similar problem a few weeks ago," the governor said. "I’ve asked maintenance and safety personnel to thoroughly inspect the elevator to determine how to prevent this from happening again, and to conduct a full review of the safety and soundness of the entire structure." Justice is far from the first politician to get trapped in an elevator. The Van Pelt-Dietrich Library at the University of Pennsylvania has a commemorative plaque marking the day in 1984 when Gerald Ford got stuck in a staff elevator, per the Atlantic. The former president was freed after a few minutes.

(Read more West Virginia stories.)

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