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New details revealed in death of Boston University professor crushed by elevator

Added 10-25-20 02:18:02am EST - “The Boston University professor crushed to death by an elevator in her apartment building last month was partly done in by a large package she was carrying at the time, state inspectors found. The ?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “New details revealed in death of Boston University professor crushed by elevator”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Boston University professor crushed to death by an elevator in her apartment building last month was partly done in by a large package she was carrying at the time, state inspectors found.

The 7-and-a-half-foot-tall box hit a switch that sent the elevator plummeting while the door was still open — and Carrie O’Connor, 38, fell down the shaft, ultimately leading to her death on Sept. 14, according to a report by the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety and Inspections.

Inspector Martin Guiod said the 60-year-old elevator — a “birdcage” style lift that requires the occupant to close the gate manually — did not malfunction during the tragic accident, according to his report obtained by local outlets.

Inspectors reviewed video from inside O’Connor’s building that showed her trying to move the nearly 80-pound package into the elevator, The Boston Globe reported.

While she was inside the lift, a maintenance person in the basement pressed the call button — signaling to the system to send the elevator down as soon as the interior gate was closed, according to the report.

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