Cal State Employee Dies in Elevator Accident

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A Calirfornia State University worker was killed after deciding to climb out of an elevator when it was stuck between two floors.

Forty-eight-year-old Annette Lujan was climbing out the elevator in an administrative building when the elevator started to move and the 2,000 pounds trapped and crushed her.

Fire crews came to the building to life the elevator, administering first aid at the scene. Lujan died later at the hospital.

Fire Captain Rich Brandt advised that people who are stuck in elevators need to stay there to avoid these accident related risks.

Cal State’s Mary Stephens, vice president of administration and finance confirmed the accident in her address to the campus.
“The university has endured a terrible tragedy today. I know all of us extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family, friends and co-workers.”

Stephens noted that a complete investigation with the University Police and Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is in progress.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that Lujan had notified others of her entrapment but attempted to escape before safety officials had arrived.

Cal State spokesman equated the accident to an apparent elevator malfunction that occurred between the two floors. Lujan was the only person on the elevator that started moving upon her exit attempt. Accident details are under investigation.