West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was trapped in an elevator at his dwelling this week — and wanted a workforce of rescuers to free him, his workplace mentioned.
The Republican pol was contained in the raise at the Governor’s Mansion in Charleston round 1:30 p.m. Thursday when it all of a sudden malfunctioned, in line with a statement released after the incident.
Rescuers — together with mansion workers, the West Virginia State Police and General Services personnel — used a crowbar and different instruments to breach the elevator’s doorways.
About a half-hour handed earlier than the governor was capable of escape.
“I appreciate those who helped out this afternoon and the expressions of concern I’ve received,” Justice mentioned in the assertion.
First woman Cathy Justice was additionally briefly trapped in the identical elevator just lately, the governor’s workplace mentioned.
“I’m just fine, thankfully, and so is Cathy after having a similar problem a few weeks ago,” the governor mentioned. “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.”