Boy Rescued by Police After Falling Down Elevator Shaft

By John Noel
|  Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012  |  Updated 7:24 AM EDT
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Police rescued an 11-year-old boy who fell three floors down an elevator shaft in a Mount Vernon building Sunday. Neighbors say the elevators have caused problems before but never expected something like this could happen. John Noel reports.

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Police rescued an 11-year-old boy who fell three floors down an elevator shaft in a Mount Vernon building Sunday. Neighbors say the elevators have caused problems before but never expected something like this could happen. John Noel reports.

Police rescued an 11-year-old boy who fell three floors down an elevator shaft in a Mount Vernon building Sunday.

According to police, several boys were playing in the building's hallway at around 12:30 p.m. when the elevator doors unexpectedly opened and one of the boys fell in.

A number of police officers happened to be standing outside the building when one of the boy’s friends came running out screaming about what had happened.

Officers went into the elevator shaft and pulled the boy to safety through the roof of one of the building's elevators. A resident’s cell phone video captured the rescue in action.

The boy was recovering at a hospital Monday.

Residents in the building said the elevators have had problems before, but they never expected something like this could happen.

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