Lift Operator Hurt in Sidewalk Collapse

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    Emergency personnel work to rescue a man who fell about 20 feet from an accordion lift and into an underground vault in the sidewalk on March 24, 2011.

    A man fell nearly 20 feet from an accordion lift, into an underground vault below the sidewalk, when a hatch gave way. He survived Thursday afternoon.

    Emergency crews were called to a building at 600 W. Chicago, just before 11 a.m.. When they arrived crews found a man, believed to be in his 40s, in the underground vault.

    Officials said the space below the sidewalk, which was covered with a hatch, apparently gave way.

    The man was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was listed in fair-to-serious condition.