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Woman crushed to death by drawbridge: Distraught bridge operator hospitalized

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A Boston woman died from massive trauma when a drawbridge crushed her to death. The drawbridge operator didn’t know that anyone was on the bridge until he heard the horrific screams of the woman as the bridge was going up.

According to CBS News Boston on Dec. 31, the operator lowered the drawbridge to free her after hearing her scream, but the bridge plates crushed as they closed. The victim is identified as 46-year-old Aura Garcia. She was walking across the Meridian Street Bridge just about noon on Tuesday on her way to a doctor’s appointment.

According to Fox News live on Wednesday, the family is blaming the bridge operator for this tragedy. Police are calling this an accident today.

The bridge operator was not aware of Garcia crossing the bridge when raising the drawbridge to let a boat go by, according to police. Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining “massive trauma.”

The bridge operator was so distraught that he needed to be taken to the hospital for evaluation. The accident closed the bridge for a few hours. This draws attention to the lack of warning system on the bridge to alert people walking on the bridge that it is about to raise.

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