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A woman has been crushed to death in a freak lift incident with horrified residents describing hearing an "ungodly scream".
Carrie O’Connor's lifeless body was found inside the lift after it suddenly dropped and she became trapped between floors.
The 38-year-old Boston University lecturer had been dragging a parcel inside when it plunged to the first floor on Monday just after 5pm.
Carrie had just weeks earlier moved into the Allston apartment building in Boston, US.
One man who witnessed the tragedy was reportedly taken to hospital for trauma.
"He saw things that no one should ever see," the source told The Sun.
Another resident told Boston 25 News that she "heard just an ungodly scream" before running into the corridor and finding a man "in distress screaming and hyperventilating and saying 'she's dead, she's dead'."
Carrie was pronounced dead at the scene with police saying her cause of death was "traumatic asphyxia".
“It was horrifying. It wasn’t a cry. I can’t even describe what it was,” fellow tenant Leanne Scorzoni told WCVB Boston.
She described how another tenant saw Carrie just moments before the accident.
She continued: “He was helping her with a box into the building, and he was going up the stairs and he had told her, ‘Hey just be careful,’ because…you have to pull the door across and then step in and then press the button. However if you have something in there, it can trigger a sensor.
“He believes that whatever she was trying to get in there hit the sensor and then it started moving.”
Police have been carrying out inspections at the building, while a spokesman for the apartment said the lift had been inspected this year and did not have any problems.
Eric Carmichael told CBS that his wife was on the first floor when the tragedy happened.
He said she told him that it all happened so fast and there was nothing she could do to help.
"The lady was trying to put her package into the elevator, like that's how we do it. Take it from the lobby," he said.
"I guess maybe the package and the woman were over the limit of what the elevator could handle so then what my wife said she saw was the lady's arms like hanging onto her package."
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