The Boston Red Sox have issued a statement regarding an accident that occurred at Fenway Park on Friday in which a 22-year-old woman was seriously hurt when she fell down an elevator shaft. The two-story fall took place near the end of the baseball game on Friday night at approximately 11:15 p.m. The statement by the Major League Baseball club gives no new information regarding the incident and reserves further comment out of respect for the injured woman and her family as well as due to the ongoing investigation. According to the statement by principal owner John Henry, Red Sox employees immediately responded to the scene and stayed to assist the Boston Police and Fire Departments as well as Emergency Medical Services. The victim was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for treatment. Both the Boston Police Department (BPD) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety are investigating, and state elevator inspectors were at the scene on Saturday morning.
According to an 11:15 p.m.tweet by the Boston Fire Department, the accident happened when the woman, who was on the fourth floor with a group of other people leaving Fenway Park, fell into the Gate B elevator shaft where she landed on an elevator car which had stopped on the second floor. Steve MacDonald, Boston Fire Department spokesman, said that how the victim fell through the elevator doors, which had opened somehow, and into the shaft is undetermined, but it is not believed to have been criminally intended. She was unconscious when firefighters arrived. In order to rescue the young woman, firefighters had to turn off power to the elevator. They used a small ladder to reach the elevator’s roof hatch. Along with paramedics, they climbed into the car to begin emergency medical care on the woman. She was removed from the elevator on a flexible plastic stretcher through the hatch.
MacDonald credits the smoothness of the rescue on routine training performed in a mock elevator shaft by the Boston FD’s technical rescue team. In addition, firefighters and officials of Fenway Park work closely together to ensure that fire officials are familiar with the stadium’s layout. The Red Sox play the Detroit Tigers Saturday at Fenway Park. The club intends to keep the elevator closed during the investigation, and stated today that the remaining elevators had been inspected prior to today’s opening pitch.
Elevator accidents are rare, but they do occur. Two women were killed in 2011 in these types of occurrences. An advertising executive was killed in New York when her foot became caught in the closing doors of an elevator, which began to ascend, dragging her body into the shaft. Another woman tried to escape an elevator that was stuck between floors and was crushed.
The condition of the 22-year-old young woman is unknown. An ESPN/Red Sox reporter stated via Twitter on Friday night that the victim was in critical condition, but was stable. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center would not comment on her condition or confirm that the victim was still in the hospital on Saturday afternoon.
By Jennifer Pfalz