A University worker was killed after being crushed to death after climbing out of a an elevator that got stuck between floors.
Annette Lujan was halfway out of the elevator when it suddenly began to move.
The 48-year-was trapped between the second and third floor as the lift began to move and suffered crush injuries.
Tragic: Annette Lujan, 48, decided to climb out of an elevator after it got stuck between the second and third floors in an office building at Cal State Long Beach. It started moving and crushed her
Fire crews summoned to an administrative building at Cal State in Long Beach, California, were able to lift the 2,000 elevator off Lujan.
They administered first aid at the scene, but Lujan died later at hospital.
Fire captain Captain Rich Brandt said:'People that get stuck in elevators need to remain in the elevator.'
Officials said Lujan worked in the administrative offices of Cal State.
The accident took place shortly after workers had been arriving at the building.
Mary Stephens, the school’s vice president of administration and finance, confirmed the news in a statement to the campus.
After the terrible accident local fire captain Captain Rich Brandt reminded citizens that, 'People that get stuck in elevators need to remain in the elevator'
'I am very sad to inform you that this morning, due to an unfortunate incident at the Foundation Building, a member of our campus community has died.
'At this time, we are notifying family members and a complete investigation involving University Police and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has been initiated.'
She added, '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. A counselor with the Employee Assistance Program is available for employees.'
Lujan was a nine-year employee of the university's grants department and lived in Huntington Beach
Unconfirmed reports claim that Lujan had alerted others that she was trapped but allegedly attempted to get out of the elevator car herself before Fire officials were on scene.
A spokesman for Cal State said: 'This morning a Cal State Long Beach employee was fatally injured in an apparent elevator malfunction in the CSULB Foundation building.
'Annette Lujan, who was the sole occupant of the elevator, attempted to exit the elevator after an apparent malfunction that occurred between floors.'
The statement added 'Initial information indicates that the elevator started to move as she was attempting to exit. University Police and the Long Beach Fire Department responded immediately to a call of a woman trapped in the elevator, but Lujan succumbed to her injuries at the scene.
'The details of the accident are under investigation. Lujan, 48, a nine-year employee a nine-year employee of the university’s grants and contracts office, was a resident of Huntington Beach.'
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