5 dead after lift plunges in Hong Kong building

A police spokesman said emergency workers called to the International Commerce Centre in Kowloon’s popular Tsim Sha Tsui area removed three injured workers, who were all certified dead on arrival at hospital. Firemen later recovered the bodies of two other workers while another was thought to be missing.

According to local broadcaster RTHK, the workers were believed to have been working on a platform in a lift shaft on the 27th floor when it suddenly gave way and fell to the 10th floor. The 118-floor skyscraper, developed by MTR Corporation and Sun Hung Kai Properties, is Hong Kong’s tallest building and is due to open next year.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang described the accident as serious and pledged to conduct a thorough investigation.

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