A 25-year-old man was fatally injured Thursday night after he fell approximately three stories from an escalator handrail he was attempting to slide down, according to news reports from CBS Houston.
Witnesses say the man, identified as 25-year-old Jonathan Kelly, took place just after 8 p.m. at the Houston Texans’ stadium during the team’s final preseason game of the year. The man apparently slipped off the rail and fell down three stories and landed on the concourse pavement below. Officials involved in investigating the incident have determined that alcohol was likely a factor.
This is the ninth incident involving falls from escalators in the last 10 years, according to the Institute for the Study of Sports Incidents. Three of those incidents were caused by individuals trying to sit on or slide down a hand railing, the organization says.
One fan attending the game with his 18-year-old daughter was on the escalator at the bottom when the man fell and hit the ground. They reported hearing the “very loud noise when he hit the ground.” Kelly was taken to a hospital to be treated for his extensive injuries from the fall, but he was pronounced dead soon after his arrival.
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