LONDON, May 11 (UPI) -- Six sightseers were injured Monday after an elevator in London's Tower Bridge plunged 140 feet inside the iconic span's north tower, officials said.
Police said the elevator fell from the tower's top to its bottom with nine passengers inside, three of whom were hospitalized with injuries suffered from the mishap, the British tabloid The Daily Mail reported.
Witnesses said firefighters had to cut through the elevator's doors to reach the passengers after they were trapped in the world-famous landmark for about an hour. The Mail said a husband and wife couple suffered leg injuries and one other person was taken from the scene on a stretcher, while three others suffered minor leg injuries.
City of London Police reportedly confirmed that everyone had been freed from the elevator by Monday afternoon. The Tower Bridge, completed in 1894 over the River Thames and managed by the City of London Corp., was closed for several hours as emergency workers congregated at the scene.