Elevator in Chicago Skyscraper Plunges 84 Floors After Cable Breaks

A ride down from the top of Chicago’s fourth-tallest building plunged 84 floors when a cable broke on Friday. Six people had entered the elevator on the 95th floor of the building formerly known as the John Hancock Center when they heard a loud noise as the car started descending.

“At the beginning, I believed we were going to die,” Jaime Montemayor told WBBM-TV. “We were going down and then I felt that we were falling down and then I heard a noise–clack clack clack clack clack clack.” One of several cables holding the elevator had broken and the car fell rapidly, landing somewhere near the 11th floor. No one was injured, but the passengers had to wait hours for firefighters to break through a wall more than 10 stories above ground.

Source: Hancock Elevator Dropped From 95th To 11th Floor, Passenger Says « CBS Chicago

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