Thursday 18 July 2019

Lift plunges 84 floors down famous Chicago skyscraper after cable snaps

The John Hancock Centre Photo: Commons Wikimedia
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People rescued from a trapped lift in one of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers later learned they had dropped 84 floors.

The Chicago Tribune reported on Monday that six people, including a pregnant woman, got into the lift early on Friday after leaving a restaurant on the 95th floor of the 875 North Michigan Avenue building, formerly the John Hancock Centre.

They heard noises and experienced a faster and bumpier than expected ride.

One of several cables holding the lift broke and the car fell rapidly, landing somewhere near the 11th floor.

Firefighters broke through a wall more than 10 stories above ground from a parking garage to reach the people who were trapped inside.

The lift and two others will be closed until repairs are made and officials figure out what happened.

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