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Escalator Gapes Open, Crushes Woman to Death

September 17, 1987|From Reuters

NEW YORK — A 35-year-old woman was swallowed and crushed to death by an escalator in a crowded office building, police said today.

Emma Niskala, a 35-year-old mother of three, died Wednesday at the scene, the lobby of the New York Telephone Co. in Brooklyn where she worked.

Police said the step on which she was standing suddenly collapsed, plunging her into the bowels of the upward-bound escalator.

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