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Maintenance Work Likely Caused Elevator Accident that Killed Midtown Ad Exec

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Maintenance work done by Transel Elevator is likely to blame for the accident that killed an advertising executive at a Midtown office building last month, according to Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri.

LiMandri said it is clear elevator work took place before Suzanne Hart was fatally pinned inside the elevator shaft.

Transel Elevator has not responded to a request for comment.

Hart, who worked for Y&R, was killed at the 26-story Manhattan office tower after the elevator door abruptly closed on her foot or leg as she was walking, and then shot up dragging her into the elevator shaft.

The Manhattan district attorney also is investigating. No charges have been filed.

With the Associated Press

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