NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A tragic accident at a Midtown office building took the life of an elevator worker on Friday.
An unidentified man in his 50s fell 10 stories down an elevator shaft just after 10 a.m., while he was apparently working inside an 18-story building located at 230 West 38th St., CBS 2′s Ann Mercogliano reports.
He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
People who work inside the building told Mercogliano they heard a loud bang and then saw ”lots of commotion.”
“To be honest with you, I heard a scream,” said Rohi Raffii. “After that they really did not give anymore information.”
Raffii told Mercogliano that she and others who work in the building saw the victim and others working on the elevators.
“There were some problems [with the elevators] for a few days,” Raffii said.
Johel Alvarado, an elevator worker in a nearby building, said although he didn’t know the victim, he can only imagine what he went through.
“As soon as you drop, that’s it … you don’t have any way that you can save yourself. If you go down you go down.”
“It’s very eerie because it could have been anybody,” he added.
The building’s manager, a company called ABS, released a statement saying ”Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”
The Department of Buildings said the victim was working with a partner. The cause of the fall is still under investigation.
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