Man, 30, Crushed to Death When ‘Super Scary’ Elevator Suddenly Drops in N.Y.C. Apartment Building


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A man living in a Manhattan high-rise apartment building died on Thursday morning when the elevator he was riding in suddenly dropped and crushed him, police confirm to PEOPLE.

The victim, identified by authorities only as a 30-year-old man, was said to be getting off in the lobby of his home on Third Avenue near 26th Street in Kips Bay just before 8:30 a.m. when the elevator malfunctioned, falling and trapping him between the car and the elevator’s shaft wall.

Authorities said they found the man pinned by the elevator when they responded to the call. He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS workers.

Surveillance cameras in the apartment building captured the fatal accident, according to police. Two other people were riding in the elevator with the victim and exited before it plummeted.

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