NOHO, Manhattan- An elevator mechanic was crushed by a freight elevator that came down on him as he was working on it. The incident happened mid-morning on Great Jones Street between Broadway and Lafayette. Multiple NYPD and FDNY resources responded to the scene to free the trapped man.
The freight elevator that the man was pinned under moved between the street level and the basement of a building on the street.
To rescue the man, the FDNY used the turntable ladder on their truck as an anchor point to hoist the elevator off the man. The ladder was extended over the opening of the elevator shaft in the sidewalk, and ropes were attached to both the ladder and the top of the elevator.
FDNY Chief Martin Lindquist stated that FDNY rescue medics provided the man with narcotics to knock him out and alleviate his pain while the rescue efforts were underway.
The injured mechanic was carried up from the basement in the stairs of the building, and bought out the front door. He was lying motionless and unconscious when he was wheeled past the crowd and into a waiting FDNY ambulance.
The man was removed to Bellevue Hospital alive but critically injured.
Reporting, photos and video by Brendan Walsh (@brendanwalshnyc).