Police in Houston confirmed Thursday night that an unknown middle-aged man died after suffering traumatic injuries from a fall at Reliant Stadium. According to reports, the fan — who was most likely intoxicated — fell from an escalator near the 600 level, which would be at least three stories high.
CBS Houston gave these details:
A 45-year old man attending the Texans preseason finale against the Minnesota Vikings fell to his death while horse-playing on an escalator at the Coca-Cola Gate near the northeast side of Reliant Stadium.
He was trying to slide down the outside of the handrail on the escalator when he fell three stories, landing on the pavement, police said.
He was rushed to Memorial Hermann Southwest.
The man, whose identity is still unknown to CBS Houston at this time, was said to be dead on arrival. Sources say the man had been under the influence of alcohol.
A witness also spoke with KHOU 11 following the chaotic moment:
Witnesses said the man fell from the 600 level. Cell phone video obtained from a game attendee shows people scrambling and pleading for someone to help the victim.
Randall Wisdom, a Texans fan from Channelview, said he and his 18-year-old daughter were on the escalator below the victim when the incident happened.
"My daughter is devastated, she's never experienced something like that," he said. "We seen him when he landed."
Wisdom said they first saw a hat and cup fall, and the man came next.
It's only been approximately one year since firefighter Shannon Stone passed away after falling over a 20-foot high railing at a Rangers game in Arlington.
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