(NEW YORK) -- A woman died Wednesday when a New York City elevator unexpectedly rose as she was stepping in, crushing her between the elevator and shaft wall.
The 41-year-old woman was on the first floor and heading to work around 10 a.m. at 285 Madison Ave., between 40th and 41st streets.
Two other passengers in the elevator--a 36-year-old woman and an Asian man--are being treated for trauma after witnessing the horrific accident.
A spokesman for the New York City Department of Buildings said its elevator unit was on-scene investigating the cause of the accident.
Elevator inspection records from the Department of Buildings indicate that the building was last inspected on June 16, 2011. Under the category of inspection disposition, the records say "defect found." The Department of Buildings could not comment on the records.
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