A 4-year-old boy was crushed to death by an apartment parking garage automobile elevator in Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, on Monday night.
According to investigators, it is believed that the boy, the son of a doctor living in the apartment complex, became trapped between the elevator mechanism and the rear wall of the car park, TBS reported Tuesday.
Police said the boy's mother was parking her car in the underground garage when the accident occurred. The woman told police that as the platform began to rise, she realized her son had been left behind, at which point the door automatically closed. She was quoted as saying that she was unable to reopen it, TBS reported.
Police said the boy died at the scene after his pelvis was crushed by the mechanism.
An investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the accident.© Japan Today