Soaring skyscrapers are one of the defining and most iconic aspects of the New York City skyline. In these towering structures, elevators are one of the main ways from getting from floor to floor. Most elevator trips in New York City skyscrapers go without incident. Unfortunately though, occasionally, something goes wrong with a skyscraper elevator. Last week, a school group from another state had a rather scary experience aboard an elevator in one of New York City’s best-known skyscrapers: the Empire State Building.
The group in question was from a high school in New Mexico. The students were visiting New York as part of a choir trip.
Last Thursday night, 13 people from this school group were aboard an elevator in the Empire State Building. Reportedly, an elevator cable then snapped and the elevator cab became stuck between two floors. This happened nearly 40 stories up.
Thankfully, firefighters responded to the situation and were able to successfully rescue the students. A harness was used to help get the students out of the stuck elevator to safety. The 4 New York article which reported on this story did not report any injuries in relation to the incident.
So, this elevator incident thankfully appears to have had a relatively happy ending. This isn’t always the case with elevator mishaps in skyscrapers. Sometimes, when things go wrong with a skyscraper elevator, riders end up suffering major injuries. When a person is injured in an elevator accident in a skyscraper or some other building in New York, skilled New York Accident Attorneys can provide them with assessments and explanations of their legal options regarding compensation.
Source: 4 New York, “FDNY Firefighters Rescue High School Choir Trapped in Empire State Building Elevator,” Erica Byfield, Nov. 18, 2016