[UPDATED With Woman Identified:] Cal State Long Beach Fatal Elevator Accident Launches Investigation

UPDATE, DEC. 7, 2:02 P.M.: Toni Beron, a campus spokeswoman, confirmed that the woman  found dead in the elevator shaft was a university employee. 

The woman tried to get out of the elevator, Beron says, but it kept moving and she was smashed between the elevator's floor and shaft. Someone witnessed the accident and immediately called for assistance, Beron says.  When the fire department arrived to the Foundation Building, however, the woman had already died.

The Daily 49er reports that it took the Urban Search and Rescue Team about 15 minutes to hoist the elevator off of the woman, who hasn't been identified yet.

ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 7, 11:09 A.M.:

Officials at

Cal State Long Beach

have confirmed that someone died in an accident on campus today, but details are still scant. 

Ken Swisher, a campus spokesman, says officials are in the process of "gathering some information" before they release a statement to the media.

The Daily 49er, the campus newspaper, tweeted an hour ago that the victim was a woman and that the accident was the result of an elevator malfunction. 

The campus sent out a text alert and email to students earlier. Read the email after the jump:
"Dear Campus Community: 

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. 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. They can contact Corrie O'Toole at 562/985-7434. 

Mary Stephens 

Vice President, Administration and Finance"

Check back for an update.


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