Boston Woman Dies As 'Wicked Old' Elevator Suddenly Drops Between Floors

A woman has died in an elevator accident in an apartment building in Boston. The incident took place at 1140 Commonwealth Ave in Allston just after 5 p.m. ET on Monday.

Neighbors told local media that the woman, who was in her 30s, was trying to load a box into an elevator, which neighbors have described as "wicked old," on the first floor. It is thought that the elevator suddenly dropped between floors.

Leanne Scorzoni told WCBV5: "I heard someone that was bringing in a package out in the hallway, and then I heard an ungodly scream.

"Then we ran out into the hallway, and we saw a gentleman who was obviously in distress. He was screaming and hyperventilating, saying: 'She's dead! She's dead!'"

One neighbor suggested to WCBV5 that the elevator must have been faulty, while another, Eric Carmichael, described it as "wicked old," saying that it should have been better looked after. Carmichael also speculated that the woman and the package may have been over the elevator's weight limit.

More details: police say a woman believed to be in her late 30s was found in an elevator on the first floor of this apartment building on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. She died on scene in what is believed to be an elevator accident. #WBZ

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NBC Boston reported that when first responders were called to the scene they found the woman in the elevator "experiencing trauma." A neighbor said his wife could see the woman's arms but could not do anything to help.

The woman, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, and one witness was taken to the hospital and treated for shock.

The Boston Fire Department responded to the scene and the police and the Boston Inspectional Services Department are investigating the cause of the accident.

Deaths related to elevator incidents are incredibly rare. The Center for Construction Research and Training reports that around 31 people die and around 17,000 people are injured in elevator and escalator accidents in the U.S. each year. Around 90 percent of these deaths and 60 percent of these injuries are linked to elevators.

However, the risk of being injured or killed in an elevator is even lower for the general public as the majority of these incidents are related to workers installing or repairing an elevator.

Live Science reported that taking an elevator is safer than taking the stairs, as around 1,600 people die from falling down the stairs each year in the U.S.

Newsweek has contacted the Boston Police Department and Boston Inspectional Services Department for comment.

A woman takes the elevator wearing a face mask at the Lloyds of London building in the square mile on September 14, 2020, in London, England. A woman Boston died in an elevator accident at her apartment building, when the elevator suddenly dropped between floors. Dan Kitwood/Getty