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Two Girls Die in Elevator Accident

August 1, 2002

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COLTS NECK, N.J. (AP) _ Two sisters died when they were pinned by an elevator at the New Jersey home where their father is the groundskeeper, authorities said.

Police went to the site after receiving a 911 call at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday from someone shouting hysterically, Monmouth County Prosecutor John Kaye said. The caller didn’t speak English, but authorities used caller ID to dispatch officers to the 10-acre farm, where they found the girls trapped between the elevator shaft and its cab.

The sisters, identified as Nanci Franco, 6, and Areli Franco, 7, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Their parents are the home’s groundskeeper, Victor Franco, and wife Teresa. Neither speaks English, Kaye said. He said the property’s owner was in Florida at the time of the accident.

The elevator runs from the home’s basement to the kitchen. Kaye said investigators did not know details of how the accident happened.

A news conference was scheduled for Thursday.

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