A 12-year old girl suffered a traumatic experience just last month. She fell over 30 feet down an elevator shaft in Manhattan. Samaritans at the scene told reporters she was lying motionless on her back at the bottom of the shaft and the elevator was immediately taken out of service to avoid crushing the little girl. The Manhattan elevator accident was the first of its kind this year and though the girl suffered numerous injuries, she survived the fall and is recovering from her ordeal.
Witnesses say the girl was in the lobby of the co-op at 41 Crosby Street in SoHo with her mother when she plunged an estimated 35 feet from the ground floor into the subbasement of the building. Firefighters responded immediately but had a difficult time rescuing the girl because of the tight confines at the bottom of the elevator shaft. She was eventually extracted and taken to Bellevue hospital with multiple serious injuries.