A man was crushed to death by a malfunctioning elevator at a Manhattan luxury, high-rise rental building Thursday morning, authorities and law enforcement sources said.
The freak incident occurred just before 8:30am at the 23-story building, called “Manhattan Promenade,” at 344 3rd Ave. near East 26th Street in Kips Bay, the New York Post reports.
#FDNY members are operating on scene at 3rd Avenue and East 25 Street in Manhattan for a confined space incident. pic.twitter.com/YcgdYKEcrm— FDNY (@FDNY) August 22, 2019
FDNY Deputy Chief Anthony Arpaia told reporters that the victim was exiting the elevator — occupied by seven people — at the lobby-level when the car suddenly dropped toward the basement, causing him to become stuck between the elevator car and the shaft wall on the first floor.
The building where a man was killed in a freak elevator accident. Picture; SuppliedSource:Supplied
One person safely exited the elevator before the victim, whose identity was not immediately released, became trapped, Chief Arpaia said.
The victim “was sort of stuck between the first floor and basement,” Chief Arpaia said, adding, “some people were still left down in the car after it moved down in the basement.”
The victim, who sources say is a 30-year-old man believed to be a resident of the building, was pronounced dead at the scene by the city’s Medical Examiner.
The elevator’s other five passengers were safely rescued and brought out of the car from the basement, authorities said.
Emergency works at the scene of the tragedy. Picture: TwitterSource:Supplied
“The FDNY had to work really hard to get the car moved,” Chief Arpaia said.
Inspectors with the city’s Department of Building were on site conducting an investigation, according to the agency.
The posh 183-unit building, built in the late 1990s, has a 24-hour doorman and many apartments are complete with balconies or terraces.