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South Boston town employee dies from injures after being trapped under vault door

South Boston News
Sharon Nelson / October 31, 2014
Sharon Nelson, a 57-year-old South Boston Town Hall employee who was airlifted to Duke Medical Center Tuesday morning after a vault door came loose and fell on her, has died.

Her death was confirmed by Town Hall on Friday morning.

Nelson had been an 11-year employee at the municipal office, working as an accounts payable specialist. She was seriously injured in a freak accident Tuesday morning when the heavy metal door to the office vault came loose and trapped her underneath. South Boston firefighters and police responded immediately to the scene and with the help of four or five men were able to lift the door off of Nelson.

The town office issued the following statement Friday:

"In the early morning hours of Friday, October 31, 2014 Mrs. Sharon Nelson, Accounts Payable Specialist with the Town of South Boston, Virginia, died at Duke University Medical Center from injuries she sustained in a tragic accident at South Boston Town Hall on October 28, 2014. Mrs. Nelson was an eleven year employee of the Town, without fail was always the complete professional providing exemplary service to the citizens of South Boston, and was a cherished friend and inspiration to those fortunate to have had the opportunity to know and work with her. Her passing is a tremendous loss for all and the South Boston Town Council and Town staff express their deepest sympathy, keeping the Nelson family in our thoughts in prayers."

This story will be updated.

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