Authorities say a college football fan from Tennessee died from injuries he suffered Friday night after falling from the upper level of the Georgia Dome during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
According to CBS News, the victim — identified as 20-year-old Isaac Grubbs of Lenoir City, Tennessee — fell 35 feet and landed on another person seated in the Mezzanine area just after 8:30 pm during the game between the University of Tennessee and North Carolina State.
Several witnesses interviewed by WSB-TV recounted the tragic accident:
“Tennessee had scored a touchdown — I believe it was the second. There were three people who weren’t with [our group]. It looked like [the man who fell] was doing a fist pump, and then he was gone over the top,” said William Coates, a Tennessee fan from Arkansas. “He wasn’t moving. His chest was moving a little.”
Another fan, Kellie Wilborn, remembered:
“Everyone’s reactions were just like really freaked out right after it happened and everyone tried to like run to the sides but security was pushing everyone back, clearing the area out so people couldn’t like look over.”
Following the accident, both Grubbs and the fan who was fallen on also were taken to the hospital.
Authority spokeswoman Jennifer LeMaster said late Friday that the other unidentified fan was treated and released. Grubbs, however, succumbed to injuries sustained in the fall and was pronounced dead just before midnight.
Grubbs death comes just days after a 25-year-old Houston Texans fan died after falling about 60 feet from a fifth-floor escalator at Reliant Stadium.
WTVR interviews two women who witnessed Isaac Grubbs fall at the Georgia Dome in the video below: