Chicago Skyscraper Elevator Plunges 84 Floors

One of Chicago's most famous skyscrapers changed its name from the John Hancock Centre to the name of its address 875 North Michigan Avenue

The group, including two law students and two Mexican tourists, entered the lift on the 95th floor of the former John Hancock Centre, one of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers, in the early hours of Friday.

"We were going down and then I felt that we were falling down, and then I heard a noise: clack clack clack", one of the survivors, 50-year-old tourist Jamie Montemayor, told CBS Chicago, adding that he was initially certain that they were going to die.

Two of the passengers were visiting from Mexico, while two others were in town from New Zealand. Someone pressed the emergency button. One of the cables was found to be snapped, whereas the others were luckily still attached, preventing the deadly fall. Fortunately for the passengers, redundant ropes exist to keep the elevator from a fatal nonstop drop to the bottom of the shaft. "We couldn't do an elevator-to-elevator rescue". Six people took the elevator, one of whom was a pregnant woman, expecting to descend from the 95th-floor restaurant to the street, just after midnight.

Luis Vazquez, a friend of the Montemayors who took a different elevator to the ground floor, told the Tribune he couldn't believe what was happening. "That is the craziest thing".

The firefighters drilled a 5-by-5-foot hole through a wall in the building's parking garage. One of the law students captured the moment on video as a freaky liquid oozed from the elevator door's crevice and firefighters worked to pry open the doors. None of the six were injured.

Passengers in a malfunctioning elevator were left shaken after plunging more than 80 floors in a 100-story Chicago building, eventually becoming suspended near the 11 floor and requiring an elaborate rescue operation by the fire department.

'It's an awesome city, the firefighters are awesome people, and we are thankful to be here.' Montemayor said according to the Tribune.

'We don't like to have to go through walls unless it's absolutely necessary, ' Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told the Tribune.

The building's general manager could not be immediately reached for comment regarding the status of both the investigation and the ongoing maintenance.

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