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Faulty Railing May Have Led to Alexandria Death

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, November 20, 2009, at 08:41AM
Spring Street Police Tape Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Police tape blocks off a section of Spring street where the Coroner's office had just removed the body of an 87-year-old man.

A failed fire escape railing may have led to the death of an 87-year-old resident of the Alexandria this morning.

Spring street was closed for over two hours this morning as police investigated what they are calling an accidental fall. They believe that the man was leaning on a railing which gave way, causing him to lose his balance and drop approximately nine floors. They do not believe the incident was a suicide or that foul play was involved.

A section of that railing lay on the street next to the man, whose body was removed by the Coroner's office shortly before 8:30am. Officials on-scene were preparing to reopen the street to traffic, which was heavily backed up to the north as morning commuters encountered the closure.

The 1906 Alexandria Hotel was recently renovated as affordable housing by The Amerland Group.

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