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Repair worker dies in 7-story fall down elevator shaft

03 February 2016, 11:26

Guttenberg, N.J. — Authorities say an elevator repair worker from New York fell seven stories to his death down a shaft in New Jersey.

Hudson County prosecutors say police responded to a building at the Galaxy Towers condominium complex in Guttenberg around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities say the 44-year-old worker from New Windsor, New York, was performing monthly maintenance on one of the elevators when he somehow became entangled between the door and top portion of the elevator car and was dragged upward. He was pronounced dead at the scene around 8 a.m.

Prosecutors say the death appears to be accidental.

Federal safety officials say the worker, whose name wasn't released, was employed by Slade Elevator.

The complex includes three towers that each rise 415 feet over the banks of the Hudson River.

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- AP

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