New York Woman Rescued After Spending Entire Weekend Trapped in Elevator

The woman is a cleaning employee, and was finally discovered on Monday morning

A New York woman ended her work shift last weekend by becoming trapped in an elevator, and remained there until being rescued by emergency personnel two days later.

The New York Fire Department received a call on Monday morning that a cleaning worker was stuck in the elevator of a private home in the Upper East Side, a department spokesperson said in a statement to PEOPLE. According to the New York Post, the employee —who has been identified as a 53-year-old woman — cleans the townhouse of a Manhattan billionaire, and had been trapped between the second and third floors of the building since Friday.

Because none of the townhouse’s residents had been around this weekend, they were not aware the employee was in trouble until they returned Monday morning.

After the fire department arrived on the scene, they forced opened the doors of the elevator and transported the woman “by EMS to [a] local hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” the FDNY said in their statement to PEOPLE.

“She was on the stretcher, she was unconscious I think,” a witness told ABC 7. “I don’t know her. I just found out that someone had been stuck in the elevator.”


The townhome had previously been given two violations in 1996 and 2008 for failing to maintain the elevator. But it had been inspected in July of last year, but no violations were found, according to ABC 7.

According to the Post, an elevator inspector arrived on the scene after the rescue, but was not allowed to enter.

“Most likely, it will be a violation,” he told the outlet.

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Because of that, ABC 7 reports the New York Buildings Department has issued an “aggravated violation for failure to provide access to inspectors,” and they may proceed with other enforcement procedures.

There is no word yet as to whether the woman had access to a phone or other electronics while in her predicament — and if you’re wondering what someone would do while stuck inside an elevator, this 2008 New Yorker video of a man who was trapped in an elevator for 41 hours reveals it is a maddening situation.

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