Woman survives elevator shaft fall

October 30, 2008 7:13:36 AM PDT
A woman sustained back injuries when she fell into an empty elevator shaft in a city-run East Harlem apartment building. Eyewitness News is told the woman plunged about five feet when she stepped into the empty elevator shaft from the lobby of 404 East 105 Street just before 1 a.m.

She reportedly tumbled into the pit area of the shaft, and had to be pulled out by firefighters. She was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital with back injuries, officials say.

The building is run by the city Housing Authority, which responded to investigate.

City officials are investigating why outages and safety problems have long plagued public housing elevators.

The Housing Authority yesterday announced plans to spend $107 million to replace elevators but, facing a growing deficit, only has $50 million.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick

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