A freak elevator accident this morning claimed the life of a 41 year-old woman who was on her way to work in a Manhattan office building. She was walking into a first floor elevator when it suddenly began to ascend, crushing her between the car and the shaft wall, killing her.
Two people were inside the elevator when the accident occurred. Firefighters were able to safely rescue them after the elevator became stuck between the first and second floors. They were taken to the hospital for psychological trauma, but were not physically hurt.
Inspection records from the summer show that a defect was found in one of the elevators. An investigation will be conducted to find what caused the malfunction.
Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim.