Tragic elevator accident kills woman
Yesterday morning a 41 year-old woman was killed when an elevator at her office building in Manhattan malfunctioned and crushed her.
The advertising executive for Y&R was walking into the elevator when it suddenly began to ascend, says firefighters. The doors did not close and it continued to rise, crushing her between the car and the shaft wall. It then became stuck between the first and second floors.
Two people inside the elevator helplessly witnessed everything, but were not harmed. It was an hour before they were rescued and taken to the hospital for psychological trauma.
Records show the building had fourteen open elevator violations, but a spokesperson said they were not for hazardous conditions.
Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the woman.