Fire Official: 24 People Jammed Aboard Elevator Before Fatal Accident - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Fire Official: 24 People Jammed Aboard Elevator Before Fatal Accident

UPDATE: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A fire official says 24 people were packed aboard an Ohio State University elevator Friday night before a student became pinned and was killed.

Battalion chief Doug Smith estimates the crowd exceeded the elevator's weight capacity by up to one-thousand pounds.

Smith says nothing could be done to save 18-year-old Andrew Polakowski, a freshman from Erie, Pennsylvania.

Campus police say Polakowski was the last person to enter the elevator when it unexpectedly began to descend with the doors open. He was pinned when he tried to get out.

State investigators are back on the scene today. And, Ohio State President Karen Holbrook is asking university officials to arrange for an independent review of all dorm elevators.

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