Man killed after elevator malfunctions, fatally crushing him

Samuel Waisbren was stepping off the elevator in his New York City apartment building when the doors started to close and it abruptly dropped; three others were inside at the time.
1:44 | 08/23/19

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the horror in New York City today. A young man crushed to death in an elevator. Two others had just gotten off. Three people were standing behind him, still in that elevator, witnessing it all. Here's ABC's linsey Davis. Reporter: An investigation tonight into how a simple elevator ride turned into a deadly tragedy. Report of an elevator drop with a person possibly trapped. Reporter: Investigators say six people were onboard an elevator inside this 22-story Manhattan apartment building when something went terribly wrong. Two people got off the elevator at the lobby, and when 30-year-old Samuel waisbren tried to exit, the elevator malfunctioned and suddenly dropped, crushing him to death. Tonight, the victim's heartbroken father is speaking out. He's not going to be able to be a father and have a family and, you know, live a life that we all hoped for him. Reporter: Firefighters also rescued three more people trapped inside that elevator who witnessed the horror. Super scary. They also jump between floors. It's like that Halloween horror nights thing when you're in that scary elevator that hops up and down. It's really bad. Reporter: The building had been fined nearly $1,300 in may for unsafe elevator conditions. Just last year, the cables of an elevator snapped in Chicago, sending six people, including a pregnant woman, plunging 84 stories. No one was hurt. So, let's go to linsey, live in New York tonight. And you have new information on the repair work that was set to take place on that elevator? Reporter: That's right, David. Just last month, a work permit had been issued to fix the wiring on both elevators, however, investigators say that the elevator that the victim was riding in was not the elevator that had recently been fined. David? All right, linsey Davis. We're thinking about the family of that young man tonight.

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