Woman dies in freak tragedy ‘after getting caught in automatic garage door while visiting friend’

A middle-aged woman has died in front of her horrified friend after reportedly getting caught in an electric garage door. The victim, understood to be in her 30s, is believed to have been visiting her female pal in Cambridge at the time of the tragedy. She is thought to have got into difficulty while accessing the automatic rolling shutters to a private parking basement[1] last night.

Paramedics[2] were called to the Ruth Bagnall Court apartment complex in Coleridge Road after the distraught friend began screaming for help.

The victim, who was found ‘hanging’ off the ground, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Woman Dies In Freak Tragedy 'after Getting Caught In Automatic Garage Door While Visiting Friend' The woman died in front of her horrified friend after reportedly getting caught in an electric garage door

It is currently unclear whether she was leaving or entering the car park when the disaster occurred at around 7pm. Today, shaken residents described how they saw the woman’s feet dangling off the ground after hearing her friend’s screams. One woman, who lives in the block but does not wish to be named, said: “I came outside because I saw the woman crying.

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“I said ‘what’s the matter?’ and she said something had happened and she needed help.

“I went to look in the garage and saw her legs hanging. It was not a sight to want to remember. It was horrific and I’m doing my best to forget it.”

A man, who also lives at the site, said: “I do not think she lived here. She was visiting a friend I believe.

Woman Dies In Freak Tragedy 'after Getting Caught In Automatic Garage Door While Visiting Friend' The middle-aged victim is believed to have been visiting her female pal at the time of the tragedy

“She was hanging, that’s all I saw. It is a horrible situation. I saw it and it wasn’t nice.”

The woman’s friend is believed to live at the four-storey black, which houses 72 flats. The complex was built in 2004 as part of a 10.5million housing scheme to provide housing for key workers such as teachers and fire fighters.

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Following their completion, the block was named after former Cambridge Labour councillor Ruth Bagnall, 38, who died from breast cancer in April 2004 after devoting her career to housing issues. Most of the flats are now privately owned and are worth around 190,000, and many are rented out to private tenants who pay around 800-per-month in rent.

The block is managed by housing company Luminus.

Woman Dies In Freak Tragedy 'after Getting Caught In Automatic Garage Door While Visiting Friend' The woman is thought to have got into difficulty while accessing the automatic rolling shutters

Today, residents claimed the firm were slow at fixing problems. One man added: “I have lived here for five years and that door is always breaking. There is an automatic key fob that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t.

“I don’t know how she got into trouble but the door is automatic and is supposed to stop when it catches on something for safety purposes.”

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Another woman, who does not wish to be named, said: “I’ve been here for three years and there’s always problems.

“The garage door to the car parking is always breaking, so are the doors to the block of flats and people are always stealing bikes.”

Woman Dies In Freak Tragedy 'after Getting Caught In Automatic Garage Door While Visiting Friend' The complex was built in 2004 as part of a 10.5million housing scheme

The emergency services, including police, paramedics, firefighters and an air ambulance, were called to the scene following the tragedy. A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a sudden death of a woman in Ruth Bagnall Court, Coleridge Road, Cambridge at about 7.30pm on Sunday.

“The incident has been referred to the Health and Safety Executive.”

A spokesman for East of England Ambulance Service, said: “We were called at 7.25pm on Sunday after reports of a woman unconscious and not breathing.

“Sadly there was nothing that could be done for the patient and she died at the scene.

“The woman is believed to be in her 40s.”

Mirror Online has contacted Luminus for comment.

References

  1. ^ parking basement (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Paramedics (www.mirror.co.uk)

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