Woman Seriously Injured in Fall Down Elevator Shaft at Fenway Park
About the Fenway Elevator Shaft Accident
Reports say Lizzy Scotland, 22 of Brigantine, NJ lost consciousness and was rushed to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after she fell down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park on Friday evening. Scotland fell from the fourth floor onto the top of the elevator car which had stopped at the second floor.
A statement from Scotland’s family released by the hospital said she was still in serious condition and continued to receive medical care and attention. Her prognosis remains uncertain.
An initial report indicated “extreme force” to the bottom of the elevator door had broken the fastener holding it in place, and created a gap through which Scotland fell. Both the Boston police and Executive Office of Public Safety and Security are investigating the accident.
Elevator Accident Statistics
Consumer Watch estimates about 900,000 elevators within the U.S. Each year, approximately 27 people are killed and 10,200 people are injured in accidents involving elevators. These accidents are commonly the result of elevator door malfunction, carriage misalignment with floors, and passenger safety vulnerabilities. About half of all elevator-related fatalities are repair or maintenance workers.