“Staff returning from Chinese New Year found her corpse with mangled hands due to her repeated attempts to pry open the doors”
A woman starved to death after being trapped in a lift for 30 days when workmen shut the power off then went on holiday.
The maintenance crew found her corpse when they cracked open elevator on their return to work after Chinese New Year.
The workmen suspecting of making the fatal blunder have now been held by police.
Two workers turned off the power in the residential building on January 30 after being called to check on a fault.
The lift was sent to the first floor and taken out of service after workers had “confirmed” that no one was inside, reports the Los Angeles Times .
When they got back on March 1, the woman believed to be in her late thirties or early forties, was dead.
Investigators said that when her corpse was found, her hands were mangled – apparently due to her attempts to pry open the doors.
Authorities in the Gaoling district in the north-western city of Xi’an, China, said they case involved “gross negligence”.
The woman is thought to have been a resident who lived by herself in the building.
The local district government says her death was caused by negligence in a case of involuntary manslaughter.
Another Chinese tragedy in recent days saw a truck ploughing through a queue at a bus stop, killing a woman and injuring five other commuters.
Police in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, said an unidentified 51-year-old woman lost her life as a result of the accident .
A pregnant woman was among the injured.