Man crushed to death by falling elevator in luxury New York apartment building

Staff writer

An investigation is underway after a man was killed in a luxury Manhattan apartment building elevator after it malfunctioned on Thursday, according to CBS.

Police cars and first responders flooded Third Avenue, moments after a 30-year-old Samuel Charles Waisbren was crushed in an elevator.

Investigators said Waisbren was a resident of the building.

"I was crying. I was the person crying on the street corner all morning out of sadness for the person that was affected, out of fear for my own family that this could have been any of us," Dayna Sargen said.

Sargen lives on the eighth floor of the apartment building between 25th and 26th streets. She said she came downstairs on Thursday morning to chaos.

"There were just firefighters and first responders just like really looking down the elevator shaft," she said. "It's just sad. It's tragedy."

Waisbren was pinned between the elevator car and the elevator shaft. He was pronounced dead at the scene, FDNY officials said.