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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Stuck Riders Face Suit For Damaging Elevator

An elevator company is threatening to sue eight passengers for property damage after they broke open the doors of a stuck elevator in Yekaterinburg, a news report said Wednesday.

Two passengers remained hospitalized Wednesday after the eight, including two small children, were trapped with their dog in the elevator of a 16-story apartment building Sunday, the Novy Region news web site reported.

The passengers alerted a representative of the elevator company, Sredurallift, by pushing a button inside the elevator after it got stuck between floors, the report said.

"She came 10 minutes later," said Natalya Repina, the daughter of passenger Olga Repina, who is in the hospital after suffering an asthma attack in the elevator.

"But instead of calling the emergency elevator service, she started to accuse those stuck in the elevator of breaking it. She said they were all drunken brawlers, even though among them were two small children and a pregnant woman," Repina told Novy Region.

The elevator worker eventually called in the emergency repair workers, but before they arrived Olga Repina suffered an asthma attack and collapsed unconscious on the floor of the elevator. A 4-year-old boy, Vanka, became hysterical at the sight of the attack, said Sergei Repin, Olga's husband.

"Not long ago his mother died in front of him ... and now a new shock. Can you imagine what the child has gone through?" he said.

The incident also led to complications for Olga Shkametovaya, who is seven months pregnant, and she is in a maternity ward preparing to give birth.

Unwilling to wait any longer to be rescued, Natalya Repina asked neighbors to break open the doors of the elevators, which they did.

Sredurallift now wants unspecified damages to cover the cost of repairing the elevator, the report said.

Company officials could not be reached immediately for comment Wednesday.

Elevator doors frequently jam in apartment buildings across the country, although cases like the one in Yekaterinburg are rare.