An elevator repairman had his arm ripped off in a freak elevator accident in a Manhattan building this morning.

According to police, the incident happened around 10:30 a.m. this morning on the top floor of 50 Broadway, a 37-story building in the Financial District that was constructed in 1927. The 51-year-old Centennial Elevator Industries repairman, whose name has not been released, was repairing the elevator when he had his right arm severed at the elbow.

"There were people working on the elevator and we heard a loud crash and someone screaming,” an employee at the building told the Post. "It sounded like someone was really in distress. We heard, 'help! help!' He was wailing. He sounded desperate."

The man, who also suffered an injury to his leg, was taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition. (The Daily News reports that "first responders put the severed limb on ice inside an industrial size garbage pail" and also rushed it to the hospital.) Cops say that he is expected to live.

Reached by phone, a representative of Centennial Elevator Industries said the company had no comment.