SEATTLE — The Washington Department of Labor &Industries is investigating the death of a 42-year-old man who was strangled to death when he fell on an escalator in downtown Seattle and his clothing got caught in the mechanism.
The Seattle Times reported that Maurecio Bell was found unconscious and unresponsive at the bottom of an escalator at the Benaroya Hall Metro Station early Sunday.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office says Bell choked to death.
Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says Labor &Industries is investigating how Bell’s clothes got caught in the escalator.
Bell’s death came a day before Labor &Industries announced it had completed an investigation of a Bellevue Square escalator, where seven people were injured on Dec. 6. State officials found 32 code violations at the Bellevue Square escalator.