New York

College Student Can't Recall How He Got Stuck Between Two Buildings

Has several broken bones after rescue


An NYU student is recovering Monday after he became trapped between two buildings in Lower Manhattan and needed to be rescued.

Rescue workers had to breach a concrete wall to gain access to 19-year-old Asher Vongtau, who is listed in serious but stable condition at Bellevue Hospital after he was found wedged in an area about six to 18 inches wide next to 80 Lafayette Street just after 5 p.m. Sunday.

The sophomore was wedged in the coffin-sized space for two days.

It's unclear how he got stuck between the two buildings, an 18-story NYU dorm and a parking garage, but he was talking to responders who spent over an hour and a half working to free him.

Vongtau's mother traveled overnight to New York City to be by her son's side. She told Eyewitness News that Asher doesn't remember the events that led up to him falling.