Rail collapse injures 2 fans at Colts-Raiders game

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Two fans appear to have escaped serious injuries after a railing collapse just after Sunday

Medical personnel take a man away on a stretcher after he fell from the stands when a railing gave way as the Oakland Raiders players were leaving the field following an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. The Colts defeated the Raiders 21-17. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS Two fans appear to have escaped serious injuries after a railing collapse just after Sunday's game ended in Indianapolis.

The unidentified fans were injured when the barrier they were leaning against gave way just above the tunnel leading to Oakland's locker room. They fell hard onto the walkway. One fan was taken away on a stretcher, while another, witnesses said, left in a wheelchair.

About three hours after the Colts beat Oakland 21-17 in the season opener, Barney Levengood, executive director of the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, issued a statement that said one of the people was released after receiving medical attention at the stadium. The other person, Levengood said, was treated at the stadium and transported to Methodist Hospital for additional evaluation.

The second fan, Levengood said, did not appear to be seriously injured.

Methodist Hospital is sometimes used to treat drivers involved in crashes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The area where the accident occurred was immediately roped off and surrounded by security guards, who kept fans out of that section of the stadium.

Levengood said the cause of the railing collapse is under investigation.

Indianapolis' next home game is next Sunday against Miami, and city officials announced Aug. 30 that they would bid to host the Super Bowl in 2018. Lucas Oil Stadium hosted the Super Bowl in February 2012 and received rave reviews from the league and around the country.

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