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10 injured in elevator accident at YSU

Published: Fri, September 10, 2010 @ 8:54 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — About 10 students were in an elevator in Youngstown State University’s Kilcawley House resident hall when it fell several floors about 6:30 p.m. this evening.

YSU police and the Youngstown Fire Department responded.

Ron Cole, the director of university communications, said the students were transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center. None of the injuries appear to be serious, he added.

Campus police, the fire department and a representative from the elevator company are investigating.


1captainlinger(659 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

boy, the service at ysu has really gone down. this story floored me. they should lobby for better maintenance. used to have an open door policy at ysu. is Ella Vator Darth Vador's sister?

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2welc04(4 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

This doesn't mean that the service has gone down, accidents happen. This same thing happened at OSU resident hall.

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3CassAnn(252 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

They have money to remodel a building for almost $4.4 million for YSU presidents to live in and there are elevators falling with kids.. something is wrong with this picture..

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4Pyroc(130 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

This is a very rare event. Cable elevators are equipped with a fail safe device that should prevent them from falling, but then again, the blowout preventer on the Gulf oil well was also a fail safe device, and it failed. I will be curious to hear the cause of the accident.

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5YSUGRAD(134 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

This would never happen at OSU, Jimmy T wouldn't stand for it. Maybe the injured students can register first winter semester.

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6Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Oh Jeez,..

By all means accidents happen and this is extremely unfortunate. But that specific elevator has a history of problems and ironically very recently by exactly what's now happened,.. AGAIN.

Here's the story,..

" a student stated -- I can't say I was shocked because I was stuck on the elevator last yea. The elevator crashed from the fourth floor down to the basement last year with nobody on it. So hearing that it happened was just like...it was bound to happen eventually."


That that pitchman Ron Cole, trying to spin this as " minor ". At onset would be presumed either brand new to the complex. Or he's a non informed, incompetent or flat out deliberate damned liar.

Which he's not new he's been at Y.S. Shrew since 2002 and was a Vindy stopover. Where in contrast one has to ask since when are suspected fracture's sustained amidst 10 students deemed " minor " injuries ?

Here's the info afforded,.. http://cfweb.cc.ysu.edu/marketcomm/Ta...

Being the head of news and information services. He sure knew they'd reaped a windfall of " clientele " enrollment. But somehow isn't informed about that " other " recent campus event. That just so happened to had indiscriminately affected students, faculty or visitors,.. not important?

What a way to show respect and appreciation for that windfall of enrollment Mr.Cole reported,.. http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/sep/09...

Oh,.. that's tight the last time Y.S. Shrew's journalism department was mentioned as relevant. Was in that Marc Dann personal profit project that deemed an impropriety,..

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7Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago


@ captainlinger - Unfortunately you're right and from whats known from it's history this accident wasn't just destined to happen. But happen,.. AGAIN.

@ welc04 - Get real,.. when a reoccurring problem continues it's a profound sign that maintenance is horrible,..or just dandy by your perspective.

An elevator problem can happen in any building we ride them in. However, this one has a disturbing history and now some unsuspecting students got hurt,.. YOUR FIRST POST HERE IS A DOOZIE !!!

There's no comparison with Ohio State and a Y.S. Shrew outfit either. Because you can best believe once that elevator at the U endangered students. That elevator was serviced most haste and complete,.. THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN AT Y.S. Shrew DID IT.

@ CassAnn - You're EXACTLY right. That jip joint gets more money from the fed and state than the law should allow.

To include those salaries and benefit packages to the criminal cronies. In deed are whats got that place a haphazard hole with the funding that would afford a haven for students and faculty,.. BUT YET THEY OPT TO FLEECE IT TO INDEFENSIBLE

@ Pyroc - Validate rare { after reading the link } and you'll have failed by misrepresenting this incident.

Granted by design cable operated elevators are in fact engineered by diagram to be equipped with counter hoist weights and brackets. Most specifically to offset if not prevent what happened here yet again.

Although it failed { again } and to use a blowout preventer from the notorious mass casualty accident waiting to happen BP cartel is more symbolic here than I presume you intended.

Here again I'd love to be able to support the only university in the valley. However, for me to be able to do that I can't and won't lie to do it.

I'm huge on valley people and I want the very damn best for students and non students alike. See that mishap was avoidable and it's things like that which leaves that more than suspect as a outfit to try to deal with.

Time and time again Y.S. Shrew reveals that it's a liability that can't stay out of it's own hapless money grubbing shadow. Where aside from all the scams and schemes that make it so dysfunctional and non appealing.

Right now in light of those injuries lets thank god that those students weren't more critically or fatally injured.

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

When the weight on the hoisting pulley is diminished as in a cable break then a brake should set to stop the fall . I'll bet it had no safety to prevent a fall in a hoist cable break . Let's investigate this Vindy .

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9NoBS(2647 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

YSU has been cutting back on maintenance for a long time. When two maintenance workers are responsible for FIVE entire buildings, I'm sorry, that's just not right. This sort of thing will happen more, not less, in the future.

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10northsideperson(366 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

I would assume that elevator maintenance is contracted out to firms like Dover and Otis, rather than handled by YSU employees.

Friends living in the YSU dorm in the late 70's complained about it breaking down frequently - in part due to abuse by the residents.

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11RamIt(11 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

I can tell you first hand as a student at YSU that there is no maintenance plan. I refuse to ride any elevators there since my first semester when I had to climb out of an elevator in Debartolo when it got stuck in between floors. They have been in horrible shape for years in Debartolo, Ward Beecher and of all places, the engineering building, where they are the worst. Some people are lazy enough they will wait the 2-5 minutes for the elevator instead of walking up the stairs.

Unfortunately, the elevators are not the only thing in disrepair at the school. Water fountains don't work, bathrooms are deplorable, doors are broken, ceiling tiles are missing due to water damage. My favorite thing I have seen down there was last year on the 4th floor of the Engineering building when the roof leaked in a computer lab that caused a ceiling tile to disintegrate. There was chunks and dust of this tile covering chairs, computers, monitors, desks and the floor for 3 months before it was cleaned up properly.

If they are going to keep raising tuition, the least they can do is some preventative maintenance and fix the things that break. It's kind of bad when you go back to get a second degree part time and 6 credit hours is $2021 when you're first semester after high school 8 years ago was around $1300 for a full time load. Even the lab fees that you pay don't go to the dept you're in because they go straight into the Deans general fund. Professors admit it's BS and there is nothing they can do about it so the student suffers and has to provide everything for the lab. At least they are consistent in their failures.

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12Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

It seems they can find the money to build a sport center . What a great school .

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13fess2it(30 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Last year in Cushwa Hall I had the elevator doors close on my left arm, thankfully as soon as they hit my arm they reopened, while at the same time the elevator did not come level to the floor so I tripped getting off the damn thing. My friend was also trapped in Cushwa's elevator for half an hour while the maintenance men pried open the doors to get him out.

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14Silence_Dogood(1656 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Looking at it from the glass half full perspective, it can be assumed that there are now ten more students that won't have to pay a dime for thier education. And a few Lawyers will be getting a nice paycheck as well.

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15ysufreshman18(2 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

As a resident of Kilcawley, and witness to the accident I can tell you that yes the elevator may have been overcrowded, but several safety features should have prevented the free fall; such as the doors not shutting until the elevator was below the max capacity, and safety arms to stop the elevator in the event of a free fall. A maintenence man informed one of the cops on the scene that all of the safty arms simultaneously failed. Also these residents were not jumping around, and were unaware that they exceded the max capacity of the elevator. Several people sustained knee injuries and were transported to the hospital. Those who did not go to the hospital were quarintened into a conference room for several hours. Regardless of whether or not these residents knowingly over packed the elevator is not the issue, the state of the wiring in the elevator is to blame. Sadly had there been less people aboard, more injuries would have occurred.

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16whitey(1 comment)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Colleges and Universities do not spend a lot of money on elevators. Maintenance contracts are awarded to the lowest bidders. The elevators ares not reviewed by an independent 3rd party to insure the contract is being fulfilled. The subject elevator was inspected by the FD, the police and Otis Elevator. I imagine they are the maintenance contractor. Now who has the most expertise of all these people and what do you think will be the ultimate cause of the accident? I will render a guess, the students will be found to have caused the accident.

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