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2 Workers Injured After Lexus S.U.V. Falls Down Elevator Shaft

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Firefighters worked to extract a Lexus sport-utility vehicle that fell down a parking-garage elevator on East 76th Street in Manhattan. Two people were injured.

Two parking-garage workers were injured on Tuesday morning when a sport-utility vehicle plunged down an elevator shaft in an Upper East Side garage.

Fire Department officials said a parking attendant behind the wheel of a Lexus RX 350 apparently plowed through the doors to the elevator on the fifth floor of the garage, on 76th Street near First Avenue. The sport-utility vehicle landed upside down on top of an elevator car on the ground floor that had another worker, Angel Rosa, 53, inside.

“You heard the big rumbling and then boom,” said Christopher Conroy, who works at a Hertz location at the garage.

Mr. Rosa, who hurt both his legs but otherwise was not seriously injured, deemed himself lucky to be alive. “I’ll be O.K.,” he said, adding of the vehicle’s plunge, “It felt like it was a bomb.”

Firefighters had to extricate the other worker, who was not identified, from the sport-utility vehicle; his injuries were not life threatening. Both men were hospitalized. Firefighters eventually affixed a cable to the sport-utility vehicle and dragged it onto the sidewalk in front of the garage, where it was hauled away on a flat bed.

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