Cal State Long Beach worker killed climbing from stuck elevator
University police and Long Beach Fire Department personnel were called to the campus around 9 a.m. after receiving a report of woman trapped on the third floor of the Foundation building.
But the woman, whose name was not yet released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Details were still being pieced together but based on preliminary information, it appears the incident took place after an elevator malfunctioned, said university spokeswoman Tone Beron.
As she was trying to climb out, the elevator moved, Beron said, and she was caught between the floor of the elevator and the shaft.
Beron said university officials and law enforcement authorities are investigating the circumstances.
"We have to find out what happened and why it happened," Beron said.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Scene of elevator death at Cal State Long Beach. Credit: KTLA-TV