CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A malfunction caused West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to become trapped in the elevator at the governor's residence Thursday, his office said.

The Republican governor was stuck for about 30 minutes after the malfunction as mansion staff, state police and other state government personnel worked to open the elevator, Justice's office said in a news release.

A crowbar and other tools were used to pry open the elevator doors, the statement said.

“I appreciate those who helped out this afternoon and the expressions of concern I’ve received,” Justice said.

In a separate incident recently, First lady Cathy Justice also was trapped briefly in the elevator.

“I’m just fine, thankfully, and so is Cathy after having a similar problem a few weeks ago," the governor said. "I’ve asked maintenance and safety personnel to thoroughly inspect the elevator to determine how to prevent this from happening again, and to conduct a full review of the safety and soundness of the entire structure.”

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Brookhawk

Years ago I got trapped in an elevator in the State House in WV. It jammed between floors and they couldn't get it going again - getting out was a real risk if you lost your balance and fell backward down the shaft. It was only a week or so after an entire committee had to adjourn and climb out onto the window sill to get out of the room for some reason I don't remember - it might have been they just couldn't get the door open, or somebody had invaded the State House and blocked it. They don't call it wild for nothing (and no, it's not particularly wonderful).

Dwasserba

Ugh this happened to me when I lived in the convent home. I had been going to the laundry room with just a robe on and firemen got the doors to open… in the lobby.

TomWheatley

Did the Lt. Governor take over during those 30 minutes like in Idaho?

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