No charges after rowdy fraternity crowd had to be rescued from elevator

4:32 PM, Feb 25, 2013   |    comments
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Knoxville Police said Monday that no charges or citations were issued in relation to this incident.

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Twenty-five people crammed themselves into a 5 ft. by 5 ft. elevator late Friday night, and spent a lot longer inside than they expected.

According to the Knoxville Fire Department, the overloaded elevator was delivering passengers to the Club LeConte on the 26th floor of the Plaza Tower. The elevator became stuck somewhere between the lobby and 18th floor.

The Fire Department's Rescue Team was dispatched to the scene, and had to disable the electrical housing from the roof in order to override those pressing buttons from inside the elevator.

Officials note the people inside the elevator had an average age of 20 years old, and were uncooperative with rescue crews, delaying the rescue time to more than an hour.

Knoxville Police also had to be called to control a rowdy second crowd that had formed in the lobby of the building.

No injuries were reported.

Knoxville firefighters remind everyone to always obey the recommended occupancy load printed inside the elevator, and never test the integrity of an elevator by jumping inside.

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