A malfunctioning lift crushed a six month old boy to death – and minutes later did the same to his mother after she had made a phone call begging for help.
Natalia Simonova, 38, left her ninth floor flat to take her child for a walk – but the lift got jammed between the third and fourth storey.
She tried to force open the door and push her son Vladimir’s pram through the gap.
Killed by lift: Baby Vladimir, pictured with sister Valeria, 14 and brother Mikhail, eight, was crushed by a lift in Simferopol, Russia annexed Crimea
Natalia Simonova, 38, had gotten got stuck in the lift in her block with Vladimir, but when she tried to push him through the doors, it started moving again, crushing the baby
The pram got wedged in the door – then the lift suddenly started moving up and down and crushed the infant.
Mrs Simonova desperately phoned her husband Oleg who was in the family flat, for help.
‘She called me from the lift, crying and shouting, saying our baby was dead,’ he said.
He and a male relative rushed down the stairs from the flat in Simferopol, and with other neighbours again forced open the door, pulling out the crushed child and the pram.
‘My son was squeezed together with his pram, he was hanging there with his head down,’ said the grief-stricken father.
During the rescue operation of Mrs Simonova, the lift began moving again – killing her the same way her son had died, just minutes later
Heartbreaking: Mrs Simonova is pictured with husband Oleg, who witnessed her death, and their oldest son
Fault: Mr Simonov said the lift had been broken for a long time and that they had been trying to get it fixed before the tragedy
‘We thought he might be still alive…
‘We cut the pram and then the lift suddenly began to move up killing my wife too.’
There was around five minutes between their deaths, local media reports.
He said: ‘The lift was just going crazily up and down…
‘First it killed our son, and then it killed my wife too. I can’t believe that they are both dead now.’
Natalia and her son were buried in the same coffin in a funeral service in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea, a Black Sea region annexed by Russia from Ukraine by military force in 2014.
Funeral: Mother and baby were buried in the same coffin in the Crimean capital
Lives lost: Pictures of Mrs Simonova and her six-month-old son at their coffin
Neighbours had repeatedly claimed that the authorities had failed to repair the ageing lift which often broke.
Mr Simonov, who is now in charge of the couples two other children, daughter Valeria, 14, Mikhail, eight, has vowed to sue those responsible.
A criminal investigation is also underway by the Russian authorities in Crimea.
‘I will sue them. I know who is in charge of these blocks,’ said Mr Simonov.
‘I will sue their bosses, they did nothing to repair the equipment.’
The Russian criminal code allows for a maximum punishment of ten years in jail for causing death by providing unsafe facilities.
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