A man was killed while doing routine maintenance on an elevator in Atlantic City on Friday, police said.
Brian Jacome, 25, of the Bronx, died in the accident when the elevator at the New York Avenue Apartments began moving while he was working on it shortly after 10 a.m. Friday.
The responding officer requested investigators and an ambulance as it was apparent Jacome was deceased, police said.
Al Revis, a resident of the building, said that a neighbor called to him for help after the accident.
Revis described a terrible scene, in which the worker had been caught as the elevator doors shut and the elevator began to descend.
"I had to keep his partner from falling down the elevator," Revis said. Police said the other man was Jacome's brother.
The 15-story building contains 150 apartments for elderly and disabled individuals.
Revis said that the elevator system has long been a problem.
"They needed to be fixed," Revis said. "They need new elevators. They've been needing new elevators. ... When I moved in, they told me they needed new elevators, and I've been here six years."
A U.S. Elevator Co. truck was parked in the building's parking lot in the 200 block of North New York Avenue.
Staff writers Steven Lemongello, Lynda Cohen and Braden Campbell contributed to this report.