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8 hurt in New York elevator mishap

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NEW YORK — Eight people were injured Friday when an elevator at the World Trade Center carrying 12 passengers lurched past its destination and hit the roof of the elevator shaft, officials said.

The elevator, an express at 2 World Trade Center, overshot the 78th floor and lunged about 24 feet, or the equivalent of two stories, stopping only when it struck the roof of the shaft, Port Authority officials said.

Port Authority police and firefighters removed the passengers from the car. The injured riders, some with broken wrists and ankles, were taken to local hospitals.

Several people were given what one rescuer called "psychological first aid" for trauma.

Most riders crashed into the roof of the elevator when it stopped, and the panels on the top of the cab came off on impact.

The Port Authority said it was the first elevator accident at the World Trade Center complex, which operates 246 cars. The cause is under investigation.