Elevator drop kills one man, injures three

An elevator fell in a Paris apartment block on Thursday afternoon, killing one man and injuring three others, two of them seriously.

The men were working in the lift shaft of the building in the eastern 11th arrondissement when the elevator on the third floor suddenly fell towards them, reported daily newspaper Libération. 

The circumstances of the accident were “still undetermined,” according to a local official quoted by the newspaper.

News channel BFM TV reported on Friday that it took two hours to rescue the men, who were trapped in a space just 80 centimetres high beneath the elevator.

Two of the injured men were reported to have suffered serious though not life-threatening injuries while the fourth had cuts and bruises.

It is the second serious incident involving an elevator in the same district of Paris in less than a month.

In the first case a woman and her two children were seriously injured when the elevator they were in fell four floors.

Ian Brossat, a local official in the area, called for greater security. He told BFM TV that the number of inspectors had fallen over recent years.

“This succession of tragic events forces us, yet again, to exercise vigilance so that users and lift engineers are safe,” he said.

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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