A woman was crushed to death and another injured when an elevator malfunctioned in the central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Wednesday morning.
Witness Tran Thi Ngoc Lai, chief accountant of the State Treasury in Dien Khanh District, said that she and director Nguyen Thi Thu Ha and cashier Tran Thi Huong took the elvator to the first floor from the ground floor of the treasury's headquarters.
However, the lift didn't stop at the first floor, but at some 40 centimeters above, Lai said, adding that she then quickly got out of the lift, whose door was always left open.
Ha then tried to exit the lift as well, but when she was only halfway through the open door, the lift fell down and crushed her.
She died before rescuers managed to pull her out some half hour later, the witness said.
Huong, meanwhile, suffered a spinal column injury during the fall and was rushed to local hospital.
Dien Khanh District's police said initial investigations showed that a technical defect had caused the accident.
The lift, which has operated for nearly 20 years and received maintainence every six months, was mainly used for carrying money.
As the distance it travels is short around three meters -- its door is always left open, police said.
Inspectors are continuing to investigate the accident.