Elevator fall at YSU sends 10 to hospital

Staff report


Students apparently overloaded an elevator in YSU’s Kilcawley House resident hall that fell several floors about 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Capt. Ron Russo of the Youngstown Fire Department said that the building has seven floors and the overloaded elevator fell four to five floors.

Elevators have signs with weight limits, and people can start a free fall by overloading it, he said.

“There may be people with back or neck problems,” he added, but there were no serious injuries.

Ron Cole, director of university communications, said that about 10 students were transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center. Russo said more students were involved.

None of their injuries appeared to be serious, Cole said.

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

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