BREAKING: An Oakland Raiders fan is in critical condition after jumping off the third deck of the O.co Coliseum, commonly known as the Oakland Coliseum. Another spectator at the game acting as a good Samaritan who tried to catch her also was seriously injured. Law enforcement sources believe the female jumped intentionally and that the fan who interceded — described as a 61-year-old ex-Marine and season-ticket holder — “100 percent saved her life.”
The incident occurred at about 7:30 pm Eastern time as the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Raiders was ending. Tennessee defeated the Raiders 23 to 19 in the NFL matchup.The story is still developing, and further details will be forthcoming.
The woman said to be in her 20s reportedly went into section 301 of the stadium and got ready to jump off the edge. Section 301 is said to be closed to the public. Fans about 60 feet below in the second concourse tried to convince her not to jump. According to Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, “She jumped anyhow, and one guy tried to catch her.” Both were taken to the hospital and were reported to have suffered life-threatening injuries.
Last Sunday, a fan fell from the upper deck at the Buffalo Bills game during the second quarter, and the frightening accident was caught live by CBS cameras. He appeared to be sliding down an outer railing. He also fell on another spectator; both of them were taken to a hospital, where they were treated and released. The fan who sliding down the railing was banned from Ralph Wilson stadium for life, fired from his job, and could face criminal charges.
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