Two men miraculously survive after SUV plunges down elevator shaft
It was an Upper East Side miracle.
A parking attendant someshow survived Tuesday after driving a car into an elevator shaft and plunging five-stories.
The Lexus RX 350 landed upside down on top of an elevator sitting on the first floor containing a man, who was also survived the bizarre accident.
Both were taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries after the 9:45 a.m. accident, said an FDNY spokesman. The cause of the accident was being investigated at press time.
Jeremy Koretz, 23, a dental assistant next door, told DNAINFO.com, he saw the men being put into ambulances. He said the man in the elevator was pulled out first, followed by the driver.
"The first person looked in shock and shambles as to what was going on," Koretz told DNAINFO.com. "The second one definitely needed a stretcher."
The 65 firefighters who responded to the six-story parking garage with a Hertz Rent A Car on ground level at 355 East 76th St. used the jaws of life rescue the driver, who was not identified by officials.The man in the elevator, Angel Rosa, told the New York Post that the impact of the two-ton car landing on top of his elevator car felt like "a bomb" and that he felt lucky to be alive. He managed to walk out on his own, said an FDNY spokesman. A spokesman for the hospital could not confirm reports he had been released.
A FDNY spokesman said car's owner wasn't known.