Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Man loses legs in New York Elevator.

Nation: This is beyond horrible.

May 20, 2006 -- A man's legs were severed early today as he tried to escape from inside an elevator packed with revelers leaving a party in The Bronx, police and witnesses said. The bizarre accident occurred at 12:15 a.m. when an apartment building elevator at 2395 Tiebout Ave. in the Fordham section got stuck between the first floor and basement, police said. That's when the man - who was not identified, but only described by cops as being in his 20s - was following two other men who had safely climbed out of the elevator to the lobby. As he shimmied through the open doors, the elevator began to move, severing the man's legs, witnesses said. The accident left the 14 people standing inside the elevator splattered in blood. "Half of his body was cut in the elevator," said Carmen Valentin, 48, who lives on the second floor of the building. "Half of his body was inside and half outside. There was blood everywhere." Cops worked to free the man before transporting him to St. Barnabas Hospital in critical condition. The other trapped riders were freed an hour later.

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