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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Six escape death as Chicago’s tallest building elevator collapses


Six people including a pregnant woman escaped death as the elevator of the Chicago’s fourth-tallest building collapsed plunging 84 floors following a cable cut.

The six people had gotten into the elevator on the 95th floor of the 875 North Michigan Avenue building, formerly known as the John Hancock Center, early on Friday when they heard a loud noise as the car started descending.

“At the beginning, I believed we were going to die,” Jaime Montemayor told CBS Chicago. “We were going down and then I felt that we were falling down and then I heard a noise–clack clack clack clack clack clack.”

Montemayor, who was visiting from Mexico City on a business trip with his wife Maña, said the couple held onto each other and began praying.

One of several cables holding the elevator had broken and the car fell rapidly, landing somewhere near the 11th floor.

No one was injured, but those insides had to wait hours for firefighters to break through a wall more than 10 stories above ground.

“It was a precarious situation where we had the cable break on top of the elevator and we couldn’t do an elevator-to-elevator rescue we had to breach a wall,” Chicago Battalion Fire Chief Patrick Maloney told WBBM.
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