Woman crushed by drawbridge

Last updated 16:29 01/01/2014
Boston draw bridge

BOSTON BRIDGE: The drawbridge as seen on Google Streetview.

Relevant offers

Americas

Navy Seal parachutist dies during demonstration over New York's Hudson River NZ spy watchdog shares concerns over Trump Following Donald Trump's trip, Angela Merkel says Europe can't rely on US 'Brave and selfless' Oregon stabbing victims hailed as heroes for standing up to racist rants Voting is important, but is it more important than other civil rights? US President Donald Trump hits out at 'fake news' after Jared Kushner reports Emmanuel Macron says Donald Trump handshake was 'moment of truth' Eight killed in shootings at three homes in Mississippi, US police say With Donald Trump, what you see is not only what you get; it's also all you get Amid escalating Russia crisis, US President Donald Trump considers major staff changes

A woman walking across a US drawbridge was crushed to death after an operator raising the bridge for a boat to pass heard her screams and lowered it, accidentally trapping her between the two plates.

The woman was crossing the Boston bridge around noon when a bridge operator, not aware that she was on the bridge, began raising it for the boat in the Chelsea River.

The woman grabbed hold of one of the sides of the bridge and the operator immediately lowered it when he heard her scream, but she became trapped in between the plates and suffered massive trauma, police said.

''I couldn't see her, but I could hear her,'' witness Waldina Garcia, 47, told the Boston Globe.

''She was screaming and screaming and screaming.''

The woman, who wasn't identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators called her death on the Meridian Street Bridge, which connects Chelsea and East Boston, an accident.

The distraught bridge operator was taken to the hospital for evaluation, officials said.

Dot Joyce, a spokeswoman for Mayor Thomas Menino, told the Globe that the bridge operator was placed on unpaid leave pending results of the investigation.

She described that as standard procedure. Investigators told the Globe it wasn't clear whether the woman began crossing the bridge after warning lights and alarms were activated. 

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content