24 carpenters working in the building were taking a freight elevator up in a building that houses a TJ Maxx, Filene's Basement and Bed, Bath and Beyond store. It suddenly plunged all the way to the bottom of the shaft.
Rescue personnel were able to quickly get everyone out of the elevator. 10 of the injuries are called minor. At least nine of the injuries are being called more serious. Several of the workers suffered neck and back injuries and were strapped to boards as a precaution.
The injured were transported to Beth Israel and Bellevue Hospitals. The building where the accident happened is a historic structure, built in the late 1890s as the Siegel Cooper Dry Goods Store. It was turned into a commercial building in the 1990s after being used as a warehouse for decades. City inspectors are investigating what went wrong.