A bolt fell during a football game, injuring three people at Lucas Oil Stadium as the Colts played.
Shortly before halftime, a bolt came loose from the retractable roof, landing in Section 248, hitting two men and a woman, Barney Levengood, the executive director of the Indiana Convention Center’s Capital Improvement Board of Managers said, according to the Associated Press.
“A bolt from the fixed structure sheared and dropped into seating section 248,” said Levengood in a statement. “The movement of the roof was stopped immediately and stadium authorities were notified.”
Robert Fickle, 44, a Colts fan from Cincinnati, said he heard a loud pop, and then saw something hit a woman sitting near him.
— WISH-TV (@WISH_TV) September 4, 2015
“I heard a large pop overhead,” Fickle recalled, describing the bolt as being the size of a half-roll of quarters.
“My sister is in section above the woman,” Chris Bavender, communications director at the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety, tweeted to the Indianapolis Star, according to Sportact.net. “Said it was large bolt that fell — (medical personnel) leading (the woman) down (with a) cloth to her head.”
@calabro13sports just sounded like 3 loud pops and then my brother saw something fall from the roof couldn’t tell what
— Cory Ping (@CoryPing) September 4, 2015
Emergency medical personnel immediately responded, bringing a stretcher into the stadium. The woman and one of the men were transported to a nearby hospital, while the other man was treated on site.
“One female and one male were attended to by IU Health medical personnel and then transported to a local hospital for further evaluation,” said Levengood. “The third person was a male who was treated and released on site.”
This isn’t the first time fans have sustained injuries at the Lucas Oil Stadium. In 2013, a railing collapsed in section 148 as several fans were leaning against it, sending two men into a tunnel near the field. It just so happens that this is the same corner of the stadium where the bolt fell.
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