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Person trapped in university center elevator for almost an hour

A woman was trapped for almost an hour today in the Bovee University Center.

She was removed at about 2 p.m. after a call came in around 1:10 p.m., said Facilities Management Vice President Steve Lawrence. 

The belt was broken that opens the door of the elevator, which caused her to be trapped. The elevator is estimated to be operational roughly 45 minutes after the belt is replaced which would be at around 3:30 p.m., Lawrence said.

It is unknown if the woman trapped was a student, faculty or staff member of Central Michigan University, but elevator maintenance workers think it might have been someone attending the International Graduate Historical Studies conference.

The elevator in the UC was installed when the building was constructed in 1959.

The elevator mechanic was not on campus when the call was made.

As of February, there have been 16 emergencies where someone has been stuck in a campus elevator in the last 12 months. Entrapment is a rare occurrence, but happens from time to time, said Director of Facilities Operations Jay Kahn in February.


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