Woman Falls Down Atlantic City Casino Elevator Shaft

June 9, 2008

A woman in a motorized wheelchair fell about 30 feet down a casino hotel elevator shaft early Saturday, a city fire official said.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to rescue the woman, who was conscious as she was taken out and transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, said Battalion Chief Michael Mooney.

Mooney didn’t immediately know the injured woman’s condition, but said she was “extremely fortunate” to be alive.

Two workers at Bally’s Atlantic City’s Claridge Tower were also injured and had to be taken to the hospital.

The accident took place at about 3:30 a.m. on the casino hotel’s mezzanine level. The woman was trying to catch an upward bound elevator, Mooney said.

She didn’t — and her wheelchair crashed through the now-closed doors on the second floor. The elevator car was already on its way up and she fell. Her wheelchair fell on top of her.

Two Bally’s workers rushed over right after the accident and were injured while looking down the elevator shaft. Mooney wasn’t sure how.

Firefighters had to rig a rope and pulley system to get the injured woman out, Mooney said.

Mooney didn’t immediately have more details about the accident.

A nursing supervisor at AtlantiCare’s Atlantic City campus wasn’t immediately authorized to release the injured woman’s condition.

Bally’s spokeswoman Alyce Parker said the injured woman was staying at the hotel. She said the company is aiding the investigation.

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