They got into the elevator after leaving a restaurant on the 95th floor of the 875 North Michigan Avenue building, formerly the John Hancock Center. One of several cables holding the elevator broke and the car fell rapidly, landing somewhere near the 11th floor. Firefighters broke through a wall more than 10 stories above ground from a parking garage to reach the people who were trapped inside. They were unhurt. None of them was hospitalized. It took nearly three hours to finish the rescue operation.
The skyscraper where the incident occurred
The elevator and two others will be closed until repairs are made. At 1,499 feet, 875 N. Michigan Ave. is 44-feet taller than the Empire State Building. “At the beginning I believed we were going to die,” Jaime Montemayor – on of the persons trapped inside declared after incident. “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,” he added. “It was a precarious situation where we had the cable break on top of the elevator (and) we couldn’t do an elevator-to-elevator rescue we had to breach a wall,” Chicago Battalion Fire Chief Patrick Maloneydescribed the intervention.