Yale senior dies in machine shop accident
Michele Dufault of Scituate, Massachusetts, was an astronomy and physics major who was to graduate in May.
April 13th, 2011
09:44 PM ET

Yale senior dies in machine shop accident

A Yale University senior was killed in an accident in a chemistry laboratory's machine shop late Tuesday or early Wednesday, officials at the Connecticut school said.

Michele Dufault of Massachusetts was working on a project in the Sterling Chemistry Laboratory's machine shop when her hair got caught in a lathe, a machine that shapes material by rotating it against a tool, Yale President Richard C. Levin said in an e-mailed statement. Her body was found by other students who were working in the building, Levin said.

The cause of death was asphyxia due to neck compression, and the manner was accidental, said Kathy Wilson, an investigator with Connecticut's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.


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  1. Dim Mak

    Just horrible

    April 13, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BeeBop

    Terrible tragedy

    April 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary Swanson

    That's just terrible I have a friend that went there


    April 14, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Would you quit posting your D@ME video, your more anoying than the FINGER.

      April 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James Drap Bottomtooth lll

    Why was he subjected to manual labor... .?

    April 14, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Harvard Harvey

    @ J.D.B III
    you are a Brown..hole.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Princeton Peter

    Well,thats just sad... .

    April 14, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    Deepest condolences to her and her family .and the poor people who found her .just awful.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzz

    thats a real shock when some one goes so unexpectedly. my condolences.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    For the bright, young lady's to tragically end ...so sad. My sincerest condolences and sympathy to the family of this girl.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    *young lady's future*

    April 14, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. travis fisher

    What a waste. so smart yet how did safety lapse her mind

    April 14, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. travis fisher

    So sad hard to think about very frustrating

    April 14, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz

    FYI, Saftey first

    April 14, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. angela

    So sad. Prayers

    April 14, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. ed Bailey

    Its very sad, hair can be very dangerous. This trajedy, the orca trainer, and many others suffer horrible injuries every year. I have a pony tail and I'm a mechanic, the danger is always on my mind. Please tie it back and fold a pony tail till its very short. Its a necessity. RIP.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
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