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1 killed, 2 traumatized in NYC elevator accident


A woman was crushed and killed by an elevator that began rising as she was stepping onto it while heading to her office in Midtown Wednesday morning.

Two other people were injured in the horrific accident at 285 Madison Ave., which is near East 40th Street.


The woman was identified as Suzanne Hart, 41, an employee with advertising agency Y&R, which is a major tenant in the 1920s building.

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Her grieving boyfriend told NBC New York outside their Brooklyn home: "I loved her. She was a beautiful person."

Officials said Hart was halfway onto the elevator when it took off, without its doors closing. She died after she was crushed between the elevator and the shaft wall.

The other two people were already on the elevator. They did not have physical injuries but were treated for trauma, officials said.

Office workers in the building described a chaotic and gory scene.

"People were running and screaming, 'Someone got crushed in the elevator,'" said John Hanna.

Officials from the Buildings Department and FDNY were investigating.

Y&R said it was "deeply, deeply saddened."

"Our focus at this moment is the well-being of the employee's family, and our larger Young and Rubicam family. As you can imagine, this is a great emotional shock to all of us."

The building is 25 stories tall and was built in the 1920s.

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