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Elevator Accident at Y&R, Wunderman Building Kills One

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An elevator malfunction at 285 Madison Avenue, home to WPP-owned agencies Y&R and Wunderman, killed Y&R's Suzanne Hart, according to the New York Times.

The accident occurred in the elevator bank serving floors two through 12, the New York Times reported. According to The Times, the victim is 41-year-old Suzanne Hart. "The networking site Linkedin lists a Suzanne Hart as director of new business content and experience at Y&R," the paper reports.

Y&R occupies floors 1 through 8, according to someone who works in the building, while Wunderman takes up the higher floors.

Hart died when she attempted to get on the elevator as it took off without closing its doors, according to NBC New York. The two people who were already on the elevator suffered minor injuries.

The building is also home to other WPP agencies including Kang & Lee, the holding company's Asian- American agency, and Hispanic agency Bravo. All employees at VML, another WPP agency that occupies the 3rd floor, are safe and accounted for, according to a spokesperson.

The building is 25 stories tall, and its elevators have received numerous violations citations over the years. The complaints were all dismissed by the New York City Department of Buildings, according to BIS records online.

The accident occurs just as the Y&R Brands agencies announced that they would be leaving Madison Avenue for 3 Columbus Circle sometime in mid-2013.

A WPP spokesperson did not return phone calls by press time. "This is a tragic day here," Y&R said in a statement. "We are deeply, deeply saddened to confirm that one of our employees has died. Our focus at this moment is the well-being of our employee's family and our larger Y&R family. "

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