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Boy’s arm mangled in elevator


A 12-year-old boy’s arm was mangled Friday evening while he was riding on top of an elevator in a public housing complex on the city’s Near West Side. The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

A caller told 911 dispatchers that there were children playing on top of an elevator inside the Chicago Housing Authority’s ABLA Homes at 1520 W. Hastings St., Langford said.

Firefighters found that the boy’s hand and arm had been dragged through one of the elevator pulleys.

As firefighters worked to free the boy, paramedics tried to keep the boy from bleeding to death, Langford said.

“The arm was crushed, and his shoulder was dislocated,” Langford said. “He is in very bad shape.”

A second ambulance was called to the ABLA Homes when the boy’s mother showed up and passed out, Langford said.

Both were being treated at Stroger Hospital, he said.

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