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  • 10 June 2014, 10:24

Chilean Man's Terror As Lift Smashes Into Roof

A Chilean man has suffered serious head injuries after the lift in his apartment building hurtled up 30 floors at terrifying speed before crashing into the roof.

Jose Vergara can be seen on CCTV entering the elevator before the doors close normally behind him.

But seconds later, the doors spring open and floors can be seen whizzing by, with Mr Vergara frantically pushing buttons as he tries to get help.

The 30-year-old, whose ordeal lasted around 15 seconds, was found with head and leg injuries and taken to hospital, where he remains in a serious condition.

Mr Vergara's wife, Carolina Rodriguez, said the accident had changed their lives.

"I hope ... there is justice, that they find the person responsible and that they pay back all the damage they have caused us, cutting off our dreams," she added.

An investigation into what caused the lift to malfunction is under way.

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