West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was trapped in an elevator in his home this week – and a team of rescuers was needed to free him, his office said.
According to a statement released after the incident, the Republican poll was inside the elevator at the governor’s mansion in Charleston at around 1:30 p.m. Thursday when it suddenly broke down.
Rescuers – including mansion staff, West Virginia State Police and general service personnel – used a crowbar and other equipment to break down the elevator doors.
About half an hour passed for the governor to escape.
“I applaud the people who helped me this afternoon and I appreciate the sense of concern I have received,” Justice said in the statement.
The governor’s office said First Lady Cathy Justice was also recently trapped in the same elevator.
The governor said, “I’m fine, thankfully, and Kathy is still fine after having a similar problem a few weeks ago.” “I have asked maintenance and security personnel to conduct a thorough inspection of the lift to determine how to prevent it from reoccurring, and to conduct a thorough review of the safety and soundness of the entire structure.”