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Belgium - Jewish 2 Year Old Dies In Antwerp Elevator Accident

Published on: May 4, 2016 03:32 PM
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Belgium - An Orthodox Jewish toddler died this morning in a freak elevator accident in Antwerp.

According to reports the two and a half year old boy Chezky Gross, a member of a prominent family of Belzer chasidim in the city’s Jewish community fell when he entered the old-style elevator and his head somehow got caught in the doors when the elevator began to move.

The two year old boy was with his father and another child at the time of the accident, which took place in an apartment building on the Charlottei in the city’s diamond district, according to the Belgian news site Het Nieuwsblad. 

Hatzolah was called to the scene to extricate the toddler but were unable to save the child, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police sealed off the entire building, allowing entrance only to residents.

Prosecutors are investigating the incident, trying to determine the exact cause of the tragedy and whether or not the elevator met all safety standards.


The elevator, which is of undetermined age, has been closed while the investigation continues. 

Ken Witpas of the Antwerp prosecutor’s office said that it appears that the boy’s death was a tragic accident.

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 May 04, 2016 at 03:40 PM shvache_teritz Says:

It makes me cringe every time I step into one of those old elevators


 May 04, 2016 at 04:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
shvache_teritz Says:

It makes me cringe every time I step into one of those old elevators

Toddlers need to be watched very closely.


 May 04, 2016 at 04:22 PM Dov77 Says:

Not that it makes the tragedy different but the child's last name was Graus the mother's maiden name is Gross


 May 04, 2016 at 10:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Even the new elevators in Belgium would not pass inspection in the USA.


 May 05, 2016 at 09:31 AM Iamlost Says:

TO #4. You ae ignorant of the Belgian inspections. On the contrary. They are very strict! There is a law that all elevators have to be upgraded. This house was warned many times by inspectors.


 May 05, 2016 at 10:09 AM Iamlost Says:

Inspections in Belgium are very strict.
The house was warned!


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