Elevator horror becomes internet sensation

A time-lapse video of a man trapped in an elevator for 41 hours has become something of an internet sensation after surveillance camera footage emerged of the event, which occurred nearly a decade ago.

“After a certain period of time I knew that I was in pretty big trouble because it was the weekend,” Nicholas White said on Monday on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America.

Video of his October 15 1999 ordeal in an elevator in New York’s McGraw-Hill building was posted online to accompany an article in the April 21 edition of the New Yorker. It can be seen on the magazine’s website and had been viewed more than 280 000 times on YouTube by Monday morning.

White said he understood why the video has captured people’s attention: so many have wondered what they would do if it happened to them.

Edited to a soundtrack of classical piano music, the video shows him pacing, trying to climb the walls, lying down, curled up in a foetal position and prying apart the doors. (He said he relieved himself down the shaft when the doors were open.)

White sued the managers of the midtown skyscraper and the elevator maintenance company and won an undisclosed settlement.

He was a production manager for Business Week when he left his office at about 11pm on Friday for a cigarette break.
According to the article, it was never determined exactly why the elevator stalled, though there was talk of a voltage dip.—Sapa-AP

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