Jumper lands on NYC hospital's oxygen tank, severing supply

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Posted: Jan 08, 2016 9:21 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a man apparently jumped off a building and landed on a New York City hospital's pressurized oxygen tank, causing a leak and cutting off the oxygen supply to the hospital.

It happened around 2 a.m. Friday at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan.

Police say the 31-year-old man died. The oxygen leak has been stopped, and the hospital is operating on a portable system until repairs are made.

Oxygen is often given to patients who come to emergency rooms or undergo surgery.

The New York Police Department says the emergency room was evacuated as a precaution and patients were being relocated to other rooms of the hospital. Incoming patients are being diverted to other hospitals.

Police are trying to figure out exactly where the man jumped from.