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A Fan Died After Falling From An Escalator During The Texans Game

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Houston Police have confirmed that a middle-aged fan, who was possibly intoxicated, died when he fell from a Reliant Stadium escalator Thursday night and was fatally injured.

CBS Houston identified the escalator in question (pictured here) and gives some details on what's known so far:

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.


It was just over a year ago that firefighter Shannon Stone died after falling over a 20-foot-high railing at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.


According to an eyewitness who spoke with TV station KHOU 11, there was chaos in the immediate moments following the man's fall.

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.

Man Falls To Death During Texans-Vikings Game [CBS Houston]

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