A Washington man died early Sunday morning after his clothes got tangled on an escalator at a bus station.
Maurecio Bell, 42, from Renton, was on an escalator around 5:20 a.m. on Sunday morning at the University Bus Tunnel Station. Bell apparently lost his balance and fell while on the escalator. His clothes then got tangled and compressed his neck.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported Thursday that he died from asphyxiation.
A witness attempted to help Bell shortly after he fell and attempted to pull Bell’s clothes out of the escalator. The witness also hit the emergency stop button and performed CPR on Bell for about three minutes until emergency services arrived. Bell was pronounced dead at 6:05 a.m.
The Seattle police department says they have seen surveillance footage of the incident and explain that Bell may have been intoxicated. The footage shows him staggering onto the escalator and losing his balance toward the end of the ride. He tried to grab onto a railing but fell, and the back of his shirt got caught in the escalator’s steps.
According to the state Department of Labor and Industries, the escalator recently passed an investigation in March. The Seattle Times, however, states that a Dec. 5 report from the Labor and Industries Department showed that there were several corrections that needed to be made before March 27. The issues have not yet been corrected, according to department spokesman Dave Wasser. Seattle police will conduct an investigation into whether there was any fault on the bus station’s or Labor and Industries Department’s behalf.