New York City Elevator Crash Injures 22

Posted on Jun 06, 2011

Shortly after 7 a.m. on Wednesday May 18, 2011, New York City rescue workers were called to a building in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. Specifically, the call came to respond to 620 6th Avenue, between 18th and 19th Streets, after a freight elevator in the building which was going up suddenly stopped between the 3rd and 4th floors and started to fall. The elevator fell 3 - 4 stories until it reached the basement.

22 people were injured in this early morning New York City accident. All are said to have suffered whiplash-like injuries. Nine of the injured had to be taken to area hospitals on stretchers. The remaining 13 people were taken to Bellevue Hospital for observation. The names of the injured have not yet been released.

The cause of this New York City elevator accident remains under investigation. Early reports indicate that the elevator's last inspection was in May 2010 and no deficiencies were found. Additionally, nobody reported anything unusual about the operation of the elevator prior to this accident.

A complaint has already been filed with the City about this accident and the City is investigating.
We extend our best wishes to everyone injured in this elevator crash.

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