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Construction Worker Killed In Fall Down Elevator Shaft

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A construction worker, 40, of Plainfield, was killed in a construction accident after falling eleven stories down an elevator shaft at a Loop construction site, Saturday morning.

The worker was working on renovations of a downtown office located on the 11th floor of the building, according to Chicago police. He stepped into the dimly lit rear freight elevator attempting to go down, but the elevator was on the ground floor and he fell down the shaft.

He suffered massive injuries in the fall and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police are investigating how he was able to enter the shaft while the elevator was on another floor. The 18-story building was built in 1927 and served as the home of the Chicago Sun until 1958. It is undergoing renovation in a conversion from a rental property to office condominiums.