San Francisco, CA - An unidentified homeless man was crushed to death after he decided to take residence on top of a San Francisco subway elevator.
The man was found Sunday morning after someone taking the elevator up to the top level of the Montgomery Station called to say the elevator had stalled after he heard a crunching noise followed by a scream.
Rescuers would find the body of a man wedged between the elevator and the wall of the shaft. Personal belongings and bedding were also found on top of the car, according to transit spokeswoman Luna Salaver. The man was not carrying any identification.
Salaver added that there are only two ways for someone to get on top of the elevator; ventilation shafts or the hatch door in the roof of the elevator. The ventilation shafts were found to be secure, but to get through the hatch, someone would have had to help the man.
“We don’t understand why anyone would seek refuge in an elevator shaft. It is disturbing, upsetting and highly unusual,” Salaver said. “This has never happened before in our 40 years of service.”
BART crews already perform nightly sweeps at closing time, but are now checking all elevator shafts in downtown San Francisco stations to ensure there are no other people deciding to sleep on top of a working elevator. The Montgomery station elevator in this incident will not be operational until later this month.
If I were the man who got stuck in the elevator, I wouldn’t feel guilty after accidentally killing someone, but I bet that crunching sound would stick with me for a bit.Tags: Accident, California, Crime, Elevator, homeless, Montgomery Station