Two garage employees were hospitalized this morning after a car fell down an elevator shaft in an Upper East Side parking garage and landed on an elevator, according to fire officials. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
A parking garage attendant is lucky to be alive after he was behind the wheel of a Lexus that plunged 40 feet down an elevator shaft Tuesday morning.
The plunge happened at the GMC garage on 76th Street between First and Second Avenues. Investigators said the parking attendant drove the SUV through the elevator doors and into the empty shaft. The SUV flipped and dropped about four stories, landing on top of the elevator car, which was on the ground floor. Another attendant was also injured.
"He was inside the elevator car on the first floor when the car came down from the fifth floor onto the first floor," said Chief Stephen Geraghty with the FDNY's Rescue Operations Battalion.
That attendant was able to walk out but the rescue was more complicated for the attendant inside the SUV. The FDNY said the first step in the operation was securing the vehicle.
"We lowered guys down on top of the car, made access to the patient that was inside the car," Geraghty said. "We used the jaws of life to take the car door off."
"Fire Department members removed the patient that was still in the car outside the front door through the hoistway and the elevator shaft," said Battalion Chief Thomas Lapolla.
Both attendants were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The garage employee in the elevator was treated and released.
As for the garage, Department of Buildings records show four open violations regarding elevators (two from 2010 and two from 2011). But the DOB said the accident has nothing to do with the elevator's operation.
Still, the department wil be inspecting the entire building during its investigation.