A 41 year-old woman was killed this morning in Manhattan when the elevator she was walking into began to suddenly ascend, trapping her between the elevator shaft and the car. Officials say she was on her way to work at 285 Madison Avenue when the accident occurred.
Two people inside the elevator could not do anything as the elevator rose before becoming stuck between the first and second floors. They were not harmed but were taken to the hospital for psychological trauma.
An investigation is currently underway to find the cause of the malfunction. This summer, an inspection by the New York City Department of Buildings found a defect in one of the elevators.
Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim.