NEW YORK — A construction worker was killed and another was critically injured Wednesday in an elevator plunge in the Bronx, authorities said.
Firefighters responded to a five-story building at 20 Bruckner Blvd. in the Mott Haven section shortly after 8 a.m. for a report of an elevator collapse, a Fire Department spokesperson said.
Two workers were inside the elevator when it dropped several floors, the spokesperson said. One of the workers was killed and the other was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
The city Department of Buildings is investigating the accident.
The building is a former ice factory that is being renovated for commercial use. It is known to many New Yorkers as the History Channel building for the billboard that sat atop its roof for years.
Representatives for GDI Construction, the general contractor for the building, said in a statement: "What happened this morning at 20 Bruckner was a terrible incident and everyone on site is completely devastated. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones of the individual who passed away and our thoughts are with the person who is in critical condition. We are working closely with the local authorities as we undergo a full investigation."