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Woman killed in elevator accident in Allston

A woman in her 30s was killed in an elevator accident at an Allston apartment building Monday, police said.

Shortly after 5 p.m., police responded to a “report of trauma” in the five-story building, Boston police spokesman John Boyle said. The woman was found dead in the elevator, which was on the first floor, Boyle said. No other details were immediately available.

Boyle said police are reviewing video footage from inside the building.

“We’re going to have to review everything and interview witnesses,” he said.

Inspectors from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating, police said.

A second person, who was not physically injured in the incident, was taken to the hospital, police said.


The accident occurred at 1140 Commonwealth Ave. The eastbound side of the road was closed to one lane as numerous fire trucks and ambulances filled the street.

The sidewalk in front of the building was cordoned off with police tape. Residents returning home for the evening had to wait outside as investigators shuttled in and out of the building.

Nevada Foskit, a 23-year-old optometry student, came home from studying around 6 p.m. but couldn’t go inside. Foskit said he lives on the first floor, right across the hall from the elevator.

“It’s five feet in front of my door,” he said. “It’s very creepy. I think (what happened) will sink in once I find out what really happened.”

Foskit said his condolences are with the woman’s family.

“My prayers are with them,” he said.

Nick Stoico can be reached at nick.stoico@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickStoico.