(NEW YORK) -- An elevator accident that killed a New York City woman was blamed Monday on safety lapses.
Safety protocols were ignored, investigators say, by repairmen who had left the Madison Avenue elevator moments before advertising executive Suzanne Hart stepped into it last December. As she did, the elevator suddenly jerked up, trapping her in the shaft, where she died.
City officials say the maintenance workers failed to follow basic safety procedures and left a circuit disconnected that prevents elevator movement with the doors open.
The case has now been referred to prosecutors, so it's possible the repairmen from Transel Elevator will face charges.
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