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Elevator at Kan. detention center stuck

Published on -11/22/2013, 2:30 PM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- An elevator at the Shawnee County Juvenile Detention Center became stuck, trapping 17 visitors for more than an hour.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/18tMk5Q ) a child who was among those stuck in the elevator Tuesday evening was taken to a Topeka hospital with anxiety issues.

Maj. Tim Phelps of the Shawnee County Department of Corrections says the elevator's computer determined it was carrying more than its 2,100-pound capacity, causing the elevator to freeze between the second and third floors to keep it from falling.

Corrections employees contacted the company that services their elevators, and the people inside were freed after about an hour and 20 minutes.

Phelps says the corrections department plans to be more aggressive about not letting visitors overload elevators.

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