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Worker falls three stories down elevator shaft, breaks leg in Manhattan

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It was at this home at 111 East 35th St. in Manhattan on March 1, 2016, that an elevator maintenance worker fell three stories down a shaft and broke his leg. (Photo: PIX11 News)

It was at this home at 111 East 35th St. in Manhattan on March 1, 2016, that an elevator maintenance worker fell three stories down a shaft and broke his leg. (Photo: PIX11 News)

MANAHTTAN — A worker fell three stories down an elevator shaft at a Manhattan apartment Tuesday morning, authorities said.

It happened at 111 East 35th St., a private five-story dwelling.

The worker was performing maintenance on the single-passenger elevator, which was on the third floor, when it malfunctioned and crashed to the first floor, trapping the worker inside, according to a fire official on the scene.

The worker suffered a broken leg, officials said. He was pulled from the elevator by emergency response crews and taken to a hospital.

City inspectors have been called to the property to determine what caused the elevator to malfunction.

PIX11 News’ Bill Muller contributed to this report.