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2 Injured In West Village Elevator Accident

People gather outside the West Village apartment building where an elevator counterweight snapped Wednesday, injuring two people. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

People gather outside the West Village apartment building where an elevator counterweight snapped Wednesday, injuring two people. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two construction workers suffered minor injuries Wednesday in Greenwich Village when an elevator counterweight snapped, causing the elevator to drop half a floor, officials said.

Fire Chief Dan Donoghue told WCBS 880′s Monica Miller that construction material protruding through a hatch in the roof of the lift became entangled with the elevator’s cord and counterweight just before the elevator dropped, trapping the people between the eighth and ninth floors of the apartment building at 56 West 11th St.

The Fire Department had to secure the elevator before responders could get the workers out.

2 Injured In West Village Elevator Accident

elevator 2 Injured In West Village Elevator Accident
Monica Miller reports

Michelle Garden said she heard an enormous noise around 11:30 a.m. in the building when the elevator dropped.

“My computer slid across my desk,” she said. “Terrifying.”

The people inside the elevator were being treated at Bellevue Hospital Center.

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