‘I believed we were going to die’: Elevator in a Chicago skyscraper plummets 84 floors

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CHICAGO -- Six people were rescued after an elevator suddenly stopped for several hours in the building formerly known as the John Hancock Center.

Around 12:30 a.m. Friday, the group was leaving the Signature Room restaurant on the 95th floor when two cables broke, causing the elevator to stall near the 11th floor of Chicago’s fourth-tallest building.

Fire officials said the elevator was in a "blind shaft," which means there were no door openings. The Chicago Tribune reported the elevator had fallen 84 floors during its drop.

“At the beginning I believed we were going to die,” tourist Jaime Montemayor told WBBM-TV. “We were going down and then I felt that we were falling down and then I heard a noise -- clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack.”

About 3 a.m., firefighters broke through a brick wall in the parking garage to access the elevator and rescue the group, which included a pregnant woman. No one was injured or needed medical treatment.

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