`A lot of people were screaming'
Ambulances can't fit into University Ave. office tower garage
Jan. 28, 2006. 07:44 AM
PHINJO GOMBU AND SURYA BHATTACHARYA
A routine trip down the elevator to a parking garage that would have started the weekend instead turned into a terrifying ordeal for five people when their elevator plunged five levels and hit the bottom floor.
The rare fall occurred around 4.50 p.m. yesterday at the National Life building on University Ave. and Elm St.
The building houses the Ontario head office of Industrial Alliance, a Quebec-based financial services and life insurance company.
The three men and two women inside the hydraulic elevator were taken to nearby Mount Sinai Hospital and St. Michael's Hospital with serious compression fractures and broken legs and ankles, emergency officials said.