A Manhattan garage worker survived when the car he was driving plummeted three and a half stories down an empty elevator shaft. The unidentified worker, who was driving a black Audi in the Sterling Garage on E. 80th St., thought the elevator bed was on the fifth floor and drove the car into the elevator opening. His car plunged down the elevator shaft and became stuck, upside down, between the first and second floors. The man escaped by climbing through the car’s moon roof and was helped out of the shaft by other workers. He was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Firefighters worked to remove the car from the shaft throughout the day last Thursday. Strangely, it is not the first time a garage worker has driven a car into an empty elevator shaft at the garage.