A mother has been killed in front of her two-and-a-half-year-old son in an elevator accident in Russia.
Olga Tilinina, 20, entered the lift at her Moscow flats on the ground floor with her son behind her when the elevator doors suddenly slammed shut, the Daily Mail reported.
Her legs became trapped between the doors, neighbours said, and the lift began to rise towards the roof.
A family friend named Mikhail told the channel: "She managed to push away her child, then her legs were caught, and the upper part of her body was crushed on the concrete.
The mother and son had been out for a family walk with father Dmitry, 24, and the couple's other son Egor, 1.
Minutes earlier Dmitry had used the same lift to take Egor in from their family walk.
Dmitry wrote on one of Olga's social sites: "I have lost my most beloved and darling person.
"I love you and remember you, you will remain in my heart. Our children love you."
The grief-stricken husband could not understand how the accident had happened.
He planned to sue the company managing the apartment block for negligence.
Experts were examining the damaged Soviet-era elevator and it has been revealed mechanics worked on the elevator hours before the tragedy.
"We are waiting for the results of the experts' opinion now," Dmitry said.
"Nobody will give me back my wife, but the moral damages will let me look after our children for the future."
One neighbour said: "There have been complaints about this lift for years."
Police were investigating the incident.
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