A mum-of-one who was crushed to death by an automatic garage door in front of her horrified friend.Social worker Heidi Chalkley, 40, was pulled into the rolling metal shutter when she grabbed hold of it with both arms in an ‘act of silliness’. Her friend, whom she was visiting at Ruth Bagnall Court in Cambridge at the time, frantically tried to tug her free with her help of passesby, but Heidi died ‘immediately’.
Paramedics were called to the apartment complex in Coleridge Road on Sunday evening after Heidi’s distraught friend began screaming for help. Horrified witnesses told how they saw the mum’s feet hanging off the ground after hearing her friend’s distraught cries.
One man said: “I’ve lived here for five years and that door is always breaking. There is an automatic key fob that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. I don’t know how she got into trouble but the door is automatic and is supposed to stop when it catches on something for safety purposes.”
Police said: “We were called to reports of a sudden death of a woman in Ruth Bagnall Court, Coleridge Road, Cambridge at about 7.30pm on Sunday. The incident has been referred to the Health and Safety Executive.”