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Two injured after car falls down Manhattan garage elevator shaft

Two workers are injured when a car falls 40 feet down an elevator shaft in a Manhattan building. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

A car fell down a New York City garage elevator shaft Tuesday morning, injuring two people, the fire department said.

FDNY via Twitter

A car plunged down a garage elevator shaft in Manhattan's Upper East Side on Tuesday.

The victims were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition.

A parking attendant was driving into the elevator on the fifth floor of the garage around 9:45 a.m., but when he pulled in, the elevator car wasn't there, NBCNewYork.com reported. As the car plunged down, it injured a worker on a lower floor.


 Firefighters had to extricate the driver from the vehicle. An FDNY spokesman told msnbc.com both he and the other garage employee were taken to Cornell Medical Center in stable condition.

The garage, which also serves as a Hertz rental location, is on East 76th Street near First Avenue in Manhattan.

A dentist who works near the garage told NBCNewYork.com he doesn't recall there being any major issues with the six-story garage, other than the elevator temporarily being out of order last winter during a power outage in the building.

The FDNY tweeted several pictures from the scene, including one of firefighters using pulleys to drag the car down from the shaft back down to street level.

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