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After a Boston University professor died falling through a large gap in a state-owned staircase near a Dorchester MBTA station Saturday, officials and the public are questioning if the incident was a fluke or indicative of larger infrastructure issues.

The stairs had been “deemed unsafe and closed for approximately 20 months,” David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, told the Globe. The MBTA had repeatedly warned the public not to use the staircase to access the Red Line station and had blocked the entrances with fencing.

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Material from previous Globe reports was used in this article.

Deanna Schwartz can be reached at deanna.schwartz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @deannaschwartzz.