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Girl survives 35-foot fall into NYC elevator shaft

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NEW YORK — A 12-year-old girl who plunged 35 feet into the elevator shaft of a New York City apartment building has survived with serious injuries.

The accident happened Friday afternoon in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo.

The Fire Department of New York says the girl fell from the lobby of the building into the elevator pit. She suffered multiple injuries and is in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital Center.

Fire spokesman Khalid Baylor tells The New York Times that firefighters and medical technicians pried open the elevator doors in the sub-basement to reach her and hoist her up in a basket.

The elevator apparently had been out of service at the time of the accident.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the girl lived in the building.

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