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Elevator Company Involved In Deadly Accident Sued Over Previous Incident

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Elevator (credit: clipart.com)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - As investigators look into the company that worked on the elevator that killed Suzanne Hart last week in Midtown, it’s now known there is a lawsuit against the same firm over an incident in which another woman says she was seriously hurt.

WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman On The Story


Anne Landle was on her way to an eye doctor appointment two years ago in a building on Park Avenue, when the elevator doors opened, and immediately slammed shut, sending her flying backward to the marble floor, along with her cane.

“Then I just was laying there in my blood. I had a four-inch gash in my head. My collarbone was broken,” she told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.

Landle is 94-years-old now and she says she still can’t walk without help.

But after hearing what happened to Hart last week, she calls herself lucky.

“The doors threw me back into the hall again. If it were [to have] taken me down, it would happen what happened to that lady. I’d be killed instantly,” she said.

Landle filed a suit against Transel Elevator in 2009.

WCBS 880 reached out to the company for comment, but have received no answer.

Hart, 41, died inside the lobby of the Young & Rubicam building at 285 Madison Ave. around 10 a.m. on December 14. Authorities said she was stepping inside the elevator when it suddenly shot upward with its doors still open.

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