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Inspector: No Malfunction In Fatal Allston Elevator Accident

BOSTON (CBS) – State inspectors said a fatal Allston elevator accident was not caused by a mechanical problem. On September 14, 38-year-old Carrie O'Connor, a lecturer at Boston University, died in the elevator on the first floor of 1140 Commonwealth Ave.

In a report released late Friday afternoon, inspectors said O'Connor was moving a large package into the elevator when it struck a gate switch at the top of the car.

A maintenance person was in the basement and had called for the elevator.

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A woman was killed when in an elevator accident at 1140 Comm. Ave (Image credit Inspector's Elevator Incident Report)

When the package struck the gate switch, the elevator began moving towards the basement. She then became pinned between the wall and the elevator. Police said O'Connor died of traumatic asphyxia.

The inspector's report said, "there is no indication that any malfunction occurred with the elevator."

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