Girl improving, elevator still not working

Utica Fire Department waiting for inspection results to determine cause of girl's fall down elevator shaft as well as when that elevator may reopen.

Posted: Mar 11, 2019 6:24 PM

Utica, N.Y. - Friends of the family who live in the Michael Walsh Apartments in Utica say the young girl who fell 30 feet down an elevator shaft last month may actually be coming home from the hospital as early as this week, and Utica Fire Department officials tell us progress is also being made to get that elevator back up and running.

Utica Fire Chief Scott Ingersoll says an inspection by an independent third party, an elevator inspection company out of New Jersey, was performed on the elevator on Saturday, "I'm hoping within the next two or three days we'll have the results of that inspection and then we're going to have to see if any repairs are going to be required. Then we're going to have to make sure those repairs are done, and after those repairs are completed we're going to have to come back with another independent inspection to verify that the repairs are complete and make sure that the elevator is all set."

As far as the investigation into the girl falling down the elevator shaft, Ingersoll says that too is ongoing, "The investigation is still ongoing until we kind of determine what exactly happened with the elevator, and we're going to be relying on the inspection to see what they found, what the findings were of that, before we can complete a final report."

The 9-year-old girl named Alyssa suffered a severe leg injury, head injuries and a broken pelvis when she fell 30 feet down the elevator shaft on February 15th. Friends of her family says she may be coming home from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse sometime this week.

Kim Phillips, who has lived at the Michael Walsh Apartments for the past 12 years says the elevator being down is a big pain in the neck for everyone, but she says the important thing here is that Alyssa is still alive after that horrific fall, "You know I've heard a few mumbles and grumbles. What can you do, there's nothing we can do, but thank God Alyssa's still alive you know, that she didn't get hurt and worse than she did and that's all that really matters."

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