Elevator Terror: Man Crushed Between Shaft And Wall In NYC

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A freak incident in a NY apartment block has left a man dead when he was crushed by a malfunctioning lift. Add New York as an interest to stay up to date on the latest New York news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Firefighters responding to a 911 call for an elevator emergency at the Manhattan Promenade, in the Kips Bay neighborhood, found one man trapped in part of the elevator, which was stuck between the lobby and the basement floors, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Five other people in the elevator were rescued.

As the door started to close and the elevator descended, Waisbren put out his hand to try to stop the door from closing.

CCTV footage caught the gruesome moment Samuel Waisbren tried to exit the elevator when it suddenly began moving again dragging him down. He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS workers. "He had his whole life ahead of him", Mr Waisbren's devastated father said.

Police identified the victim as Samuel Charles Waisbren, 30, our sister station PIX11 reported.

The Manhattan Promenade, a building with 183 apartments at 344 Third Ave., has two elevators for tenants.

"They always jump between floors", the resident told WABC-TV. "Sam was a great friend to many at CB Insights, and his wit, humour and intellect will be missed", Sanwal said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with his family".

The 23-story building, called the Manhattan Promenade, had recently been fined almost $1,300 because of unsafe elevator conditions, The New York Times reported.

One building resident, Alex, 25, who declined to give his last name, said that the elevators were prone to malfunction, often jerking around with riders in it.

The accident, which occurred on Thursday morning, left the tech sales executive crushed between the wall of the lift shaft and the rapidly descending lift. In July, a work permit had been issued to fix the wiring in both elevators.

There were six other people on the elevator at the time, one of which exited the vehicle ahead of the victim, according to reports. The incident is now to be investigated by the Department of Buildings, who told DailyMail.com: "DOB is investigating this incident aggressively and will take all appropriate enforcement actions".

Surveillance cameras in the apartment building captured the fatal accident, according to police.

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