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NYC Elevator Crash Kills One

Aug 13, 2004 | AP

A freight elevator suddenly shot upward, crashing into the top bulkhead of a 37-story office building in Times Square, killing one person, authorities said.

Security guard and elevator operator Carl DeClercq, 63, was declared dead at the scene Thursday afternoon, police said.

DeClercq was going down in the elevator at the end of his shift when it shot up and crashed into the bottom of the roof at the 37th floor, authorities said.

After the accident, another elevator carrying two people dropped to the ground floor but the passengers were not injured and were only briefly stranded, police said. It was unclear how far the elevator fell before it stalled.

The building is the world headquarters for accounting firm Ernst & Young.


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