Woman says she and her granddaughter, 3, got stuck in MARTA elevator

A woman recently got stuck in a hot, pitch-black MARTA elevator with her three-year-old granddaughter, according to a Channel 2 Action News report. 

Marilyn Fluker said she pressed the elevator’s emergency call button, but it just kept going to voicemail. Fluker said it felt like she was losing air and her granddaughter was screaming during the Monday afternoon incident at downtown Atlanta’s Civic Center Station.

The elevator started moving and opened after about 30 minutes, according to Fluker. The woman said she alerted the first MARTA officer she saw, and reports being told that the elevator malfunctioned.

But a MARTA spokeswoman told Channel 2 that technicians couldn’t find anything wrong with the elevator or call button. The transit agency apologized to Fluker and thanked her for immediately reporting the problem, the television station said. 

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The MARTA spokeswoman also said Fluker initially reported being stuck for 15 minutes.

Fluker told Channel 2 that she’s traumatized and still having nightmares of being trapped, which she described as feeling like being on “a ride at Six Flags.” Fluker said she feared for her life because she has heart problems.

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