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Woman crushed to death when lift bridge closes on her
A woman crossing the Meridian Street Bridge in East Boston was crushed to death this afternoon as she clung to one of the two plates of the lift bridge, which then closed on top of her, according to city administration officials.
Witnesses could hear her calling for help.
“I couldn’t see her, but I could hear her,” said Waldina Garcia, a 47-year-old East Boston woman, who was waiting to cross the bridge on the Chelsea side. “She was screaming and screaming and screaming.”
The screams lasted at least a minute, said Garcia, who saw a gray hat fall from the top of the bridge.
“It’s so horrible,” she said, weeping.
Emergency officials were called around 12:21 p.m. The body of the woman, whose name was not released, was taken down by firefighters at 4:30.
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