man whose body was found Sunday night at the bottom of an elevator shaft at
ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor plant died of blunt force trauma, Porter County
Coroner Chuck Harris told the Chesterton Tribune today.
Harris has ruled
the death of Gregory J. Sebahar, 53, an accident and said that an autopsy
conducted on Monday determined the cause of death to be severe blunt force
trauma to the chest, abdomen, and extremities.
that Sebahar, a private contractor working alone at the time in the elevator
car, was leaning out of an access door as the car was in motion and “got
caught on a counter weight or a piece of framework” and was then “pulled
into the elevator shaft.”
The distance to the
bottom of the shaft was between 10 and 15 feet, Harris said, but Sebahar may
have been mortally injured by the movement of the elevator car as he was
caught between it and the wall.
Sebahar was found
after he failed to respond to his radio. Harris did note that “for some
reason they waited over an hour before notifying” the Coroner’