Woman Injured By Falling Glass From Loop Building

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police blocked part of a busy downtown sidewalk Thursday afternoon, after glass fell from a building.

The Fire Department said the sidewalk at Madison and Dearborn streets was closed after debris fell from the 14th floor of the Sears building at 2 N. State St. Glass was seen on the street below.

“It was like gunfire falling all over,” said one woman.

A woman was slightly injured by the glass, suffering minor lacerations to her lower back, police said. The woman refused medical treatment.  Beyond that, the crash frightened pedestrians and motorists below.

WBBM Newsradio 780 reported a truck driver saw a full pane of glass come crashing onto the street.

“When I passed Madison, it came down boom in front of my truck and came down with force,” said James Brunke.

In an e-mail from building management, workers were told to exit with caution following the incident.

Michael Simborg works on the fourth floor and said he witnessed one pedestrian being consoled by paramedics.

“There was no blood, no injuries,” Simborg said. “She was pretty shaken up.”

  • Sasquatch Bobannen

    “A truck driver saw a full pain of glass come crashing down…” Yeah, and several other people out grabbing lunch at that time of day.

  • Connie

    Thought it was called the Willis Tower now?

    • Cluless

      Connie, go back to the suburbs. Sears Department store is at Madison and Dearborn.

      • cluless is funny

        ha ha ha ha, cluless! You rock, Connie, get outta hear…

  • Peasant


    Get an education so you can make some real money. That way you won’t be trolling around Sears.

    • Clueless II

      Peasant, are you a self-acclaimed rich person, yet posting on a news story? Pathetic.

  • listener

    Earlier CBS reported at 6:53 pm via e-mail updates:

    “CHICAGO (STMW) – A woman was injured when glass fell from the 14th floor of the Sears building in the Loop on Thursday afternoon.
    Glass fell from the building at 2 N. State St. just after 1 p.m., according to police News Affairs Officer Anne Dwyer.”

    Anne Dwyer? Wasn’t she the reporter for Crains Small Business on the Noon Business Hour?

  • shopper

    I saw the women being assisted in the store by a fire fighter, she did seem fine. But it was weird because all of a sudden, we’re about to leave and the manager was saying “You can not leave the store this way” and we saw the fire fighters come through, at first we thought it was a shooting. Later on, when things calmed down we passed the street and there was only a little bit of glass left.

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