FDNY Saves the Day for Subway Riders Trapped in Brooklyn Elevator

NY Daily News - October 02, 2018

by DAN RIVOLI

The FDNY sprang into action Monday to rescue more than a dozen commuters trapped in a subway elevator in Brooklyn.

The stuck straphangers had to climb a ladder and clamber out through an elevator shaft to find their way to freedom, according to video and pictures of the save shared on social media.

Rider Talia Kovacs said she was among those caught around 10 a.m. in a non-functioning elevator at the 2/3 line at the Clark St. station — and wound up tweeting to the media for assistance.

“We have been stuck in the #clarkstreet elevator for the past 10 minutes. @NYCTSubway @nyc311 they said they would send help soon but that folks are busy working on other things. There are 13 of us in here. Please send help,” she wrote.

Several elderly people were among the trapped, she added.

Help finally arrived about 50 minutes after the first mayday call. FDNY firefighters came with a ladder and carefully assisted each passenger up through the emergency escape hatch. The FDNY helped 17 riders out of the elevator, according to the MTA.

“We sincerely apologize to those customers who were impacted and thank FDNY for their assistance,” MTA spokeswoman Amanda Kwan said.

An elevator maintenance crew was already at the station working on an adjacent elevator when the call came into the MTA, according to the agency. The 87-year-old elevator that got stuck is scheduled to be replaced, according to the MTA.

Kovacs tweeted photos of people climbing out the top of the hot elevator. She said everyone was fine, if shaken.