Yale student killed in chemistry laboratory accident

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Posted: Apr 13, 2011 10:07 AM

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Yale University student was killed in an accident at a campus chemistry laboratory, school officials said on Wednesday.

Michele Dufault, a senior, died on Tuesday night "in what appears to have been a terrible accident involving a piece of equipment in the student machine shop in Sterling Chemistry Laboratory," according to a statement posted on Yale's website from vice president and secretary Linda Koch Lorimer.

No other details were immediately available.

Yale Daily News reported that Dufault was an astronomy and physics major from Massachusetts and a member of the Yale Precision Marching Band.

"By all reports, Michele was an exceptional young woman, an outstanding student and young scientist, a dear friend and a vibrant member of this community," Lorimer's statement said.

The lab was closed on Wednesday, and classes there were canceled, the statement said.

(Reporting by Lauren Keiper; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Greg McCune)