NE Tennessee man dies after elevator plummets

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) -- An Elizabethton business owner has died from injuries he received after an elevator he was riding in his store plunged three stories to the ground.

Ray Norris suffered fractures to his feet, legs, hip, back and hands when the elevator car he was riding fell about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. He died Monday morning.

Firefighters say the 66-year-old owner of A-1 Appliance and Furniture Store was trapped inside the car as it plummeted to the ground, throwing him around inside.

Elizabethton Fire Department Capt. Steve Murray says Norris was conscious when help arrived, but the merchant was unable to move.

Norris had owned and operated the business for 35 years.

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Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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