SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two women were trapped for about three hours in an elevator that dropped several floors in a downtown San Diego tower and became stuck.
Firefighters tried several methods before they were able to get the elevator moving late Wednesday, fire Battalion Chief Dan Eddy told KNSD-TV .
Both women, whose names were not released, were taken to local hospitals for evaluation of injuries described as minor, the station said.
Kalani Creutzburg, a friend of the women, said they became stuck while heading to the University Club — a business club atop the 34-story building.
Creutzburg said the women called and said they were trapped after a fall that felt like four or five stories and that they found they were facing a wall when they pried open the elevator doors.
"Luckily, I was able to talk to them the whole time through the phone," he said.
One of the women injured her back and lay down in the elevator while awaiting rescue, he said.
The lights in the elevator went out at one point but firefighters were able to turn them back on.
Firefighters moved the elevator by using a method that took pressure off the elevator's cabling, giving it some slack so that it moved.
Information from: KNSD-TV, http://www.nbcsandiego.com/index.html