Cook dies in unusual accident as elevator gives way

A Pavas woman died at her job Monday in an unusual accident. She was a cook, and she was transporting vegetables.

The woman was identified as María Teresa Marín Carmona, 52, by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. The woman worked for a contractor that supplied food services to the institute at its San Pedro offices. The woman had worked for about 10 years at the small restaurant or soda and was well-known.
About 9 a.m. she was loading vegetables on a small, two-story freight elevator that carried goods to the second floor kitchen area.

The elevator gave way, fell on her and inflicted fatal injuries.

The Judicial Investigating Organization is studying the death but there has been no cause announced. Friends speculated that a metal pin might have broken allowing the deck of the metal elevator to fall or perhaps the woman accidentally pushed the wrong button.

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