Despite a neighbor’s warning, she climbed into the old elevator, pushed a large package into the cabin, and then the tragedy began. A terrible accident shakes the faculty and students at Boston University.
Only a few weeks ago Carrie O’Connor (38) moved into her new apartment in Boston (US state Massachusetts) and often used the aging elevator – despite its quirks. Also on Monday afternoon (local time) – and this time he was O’Connor’s undoing.
The university professor (who taught French) was about to use the elevator to transport a large and heavy package. As the “Sun” and other media reports, O’Connor was just about to lift the package on the first floor into the elevator when it suddenly rushed the depths.
Apparently the woman had not yet fully boarded herself – the elevator cabin tore off her arm. According to eyewitness reports, the elevator should have stopped just below the ground floor, so that the roof of the cabin could be seen from the lobby.
The rescue workers, who were immediately alerted, could only determine the woman’s death. According to resident Leanne Scorzoni, an eyewitness to the terrible accident is said to have warned the professor shortly before the tragedy.
She told CBS TV, “I heard someone carry a package down the hall. He helped her carry the box, then took the stairs and said to her, ‘Hey, be careful. You have to open the door, then enter and only then press the button. ‘”A little later she would have heard a“ hideous scream ”. “We ran into the hallway, there was a man who was completely in shock and hyperventilating. He shouted: ‘She is dead, she is dead!’ “
Scorzoni himself suspects that O’Connor got to the button too early. “Whatever she was trying to get in must have touched the button so that the elevator started moving.”
The police are now investigating the cause of the accident. The box was secured. Now it should be clarified whether the elevator was possibly overloaded. The system from the 1920s is said to have survived routine maintenance only last year.
A spokesman for Boston University said, dismayed, “This is a terrible tragedy and a great loss. We lost a bright young life, it’s a terrible situation. It’s heartbreaking. “