Man falls 30 feet down elevator shaft at train station

A man survived a 30-foot plunge down an elevator shaft at the New Brunswick train station Sunday morning.

A man survived a 30-foot plunge down an elevator shaft at the New Brunswick train station Sunday morning.

A man survived a 30-foot plunge down an elevator shaft at the New Brunswick train station Sunday morning. (1/17/16)

NEW BRUNSWICK - A man survived a 30-foot plunge down an elevator shaft at the New Brunswick train station Sunday morning.

It happened on the eastbound platform at the station shortly before 6 a.m.

NJ Transit officials say a New York City man was standing on the platform when he leaned against the doors of an elevator that was out of service.

The doors opened wide enough so that the man fell through them. He landed at the bottom of the shaft 30 feet below.

It took crews about an hour to get the man out. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital for a back injury and pain, but his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Transit officials say they don't believe there were signs warning customers not to lean on the doors of the out-of-service elevator, but they add that the investigation is still continuing.

Crews were sent to barricade the area.

The man's identity was not released.

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