Student Aaron Estrada had to remain calm as an elevator technician worked to free him.

“Can the doors cut me in half?” Estrada asked as the doors were cracked open on the third floor of the White Library.

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The elevator was stuck between the third and fourth floors of the library on Del Mar College’s East Campus on March 23, with Estrada alone inside.

“At first I was rattled,” Estrada said. “I couldn’t believe it was happening. In that situation you just have to be relaxed and stay cool.”

Estrada was trapped in the elevator for approximately 45 minutes. During that time he started his own hashtag on Twitter: #FreeAaron2016

Samantha Douty

Samantha Douty is the editor-in-chief for the Del Mar College Foghorn. She has been working for the Foghorn since Fall 2014 and is currently a double major in Public Relations and Journalism at Del Mar College. After receiving her BA in either Public Relations or Journalism, she plans on attending law school to study corporate or copyright law. You can reach Sam at or follow her on Twitter @SamanthaDouty.

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