10 Injured When Elevator Plummets 23 Floors In Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- Twenty people in Ukraine have survived a 23-floor plunge in an elevator at the Transport Ministry.

Transport Ministry building where accident occured

Officials say ten were injured and eight are hospitalized.

It's unclear what caused the lift to fail, but an Emergency Situations Ministry official says a system of emergency brakes switched on automatically when the lift hit the 11th floor, slowing its descent.

Many elevators in former Soviet republics suffer from outdated technology and infrequent repairs.

Source: AP