A woman died Friday evening after suffering a head injury from a fall off an elevator at a home on Crystal Beach, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said.

The fall occurred around 3 p.m. at a home on the 2300 block of Sand Castle Drive in Crystal Beach, Trochesset said.

Two women, who were both in their 60s, fell about 15 feet from an elevator attached to a beach home, Trochesset said.

The fall appeared to have occurred after a door on the outdoor elevator was left ajar and caught on the underside of a deck as the elevator ascended, Trochesset said. The women were spilled from the elevator when the door hit the building, Trochesset said.

It's unclear if the incident was caused by human error or a mechanical failure, Trochesset said.

One of the women suffered a head injury and was flown to a local hospital, where she died, Trochesset said.

The other woman survived and appeared to have injured her ankle, Trochesset said. Her condition wasn't immediately available.

The women had not been identified as of Friday night. Trochesset didn't know if they lived locally or were vacationing on Bolivar Peninsula.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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(4) comments

Jarvis Buckley

I thought the lifts doors always opened to the inside. Something doesn’t seem right.

Ted Gillis

I’m not a code expert Jarvis, but I think they probably should open outward, kind of like an exit door. I know most fire codes stipulate that you should always be able to push open or lean into a door, to exit a building.

Of course, these outside lifts may fall under a totally different set of codes and interpretations for safety reasons.

Jarvis Buckley

Nope the lifts open inward . Had one at our home in Isla Del Sol . The loop hole exists that it’s Not an elevator. They put a sticker on it when installed . Not a human lift.

Susan Williams

EXACTLY! These are not elevators for humans, in the least. They are to lift/lower your cargo to another floor, and you walk the stairs and picked up your cargo where the lift stops. We have found we have to drill this into people's heads, kind of like, "don't use this toaster while bathing". That said, I'm sorry for the loss of life, and the other woman who will never forget this day, regrettably.

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