Six people in Chicago’s fourth-tallest building took a bumpy, rapid descent from the top almost all the way down, only to be trapped for three hours inside a elevator car.
A broken hoist rope was the problem, according to
‘At the beginning I believed we were going to die,’ Jaime Montemayor, a visitor from
Jaime Montemayor (left), a tourist visiting from Mexico with his wife Mana Castillo (right), believed he and his wife ‘were going to die’ when the elevator fell from the 95th floor
Mana Castillo noted that a dust-like material start falling into the car. None of the passengers knew how far they had fallen until they were rescued.
Along with the tourist couple, the group included two students and a pregnant woman, according to
The rescue itself would take another several hours, the
The building, officially known by its address 875 North Michigan Avenue, ironically boasts of safety features such as a ‘computerized monitoring system’ to locate any emergency to unlock any stairwell doors on its website, but the express elevator required breaking the wall to reveal where it was.
‘We don’t like to have to go through walls unless it’s absolutely necessary,’ Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told the Tribune. ‘The only other way to get to the elevator would have been ropes from the 97th floor, and that would not be safe. We don’t come down like Batman so we must go through the wall.’
Liquids from the cutting tools going through the brick wall drips down inside the elevator in footage taken by a passenger
Chicago firefighters dramatically broke through early Friday morning to free the trapped elevator passengers
All six trapped individuals would be rescued early Friday morning after the nearly three hour ordeal when the firefighters cut through the wall to reach them, much to their relief.
‘It’s an awesome city, the firefighters are awesome people, and we are thankful to be here.’ Montemayor said according to the Tribune.
875 North Michigan Avenue, formerly the John Hancock Center until this year, stands 100 stories tall, with the Signature Room residing on the 95th floor