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New information on elevator accident at Fenway

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Two days after a woman fell inside an elevator shaft at Fenway Park investigators are releasing new details about what may have happened.

The woman who fell had just graduated from Boston University that day before going to the park.

She fell two stories through broken elevator doors and landed on the roof of the elevator below.

“The elevator door actually swung in like a pendulum these are sliding doors that slide back and forth,” Department of safety Commissioner Thomas Gatzunis said.

The force required to break the doors is described as “massive.”

“The nylon bushing was broken and then the backup device, the metal bracket that’s behind there, was also bent and broken as well so there was a force that was more than 225 foot pounds we know that because that’s what the code requires doors to manufactured to withstand,” Gatzunis said.

According to inspection reports the elevator had been looked at in February.

“There were some minor deficiencies that were found and nothing life threatening nothing having to do with the operation of the doors themselves,” Gatzunis said.

The Red Sox organization is not commenting on the incident.

“I don't know we are following it and quite closely and I'd rather not speak about it unless I knew the underlying facts,” Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino said.

The incident is still under investigation.

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