Bolt falls from NFL stadium roof, 3 fans injured

Just before half time of the Indianapolis Colts game at Lucas Oil Field a bolt sheared and fell from the retractable roof

By Jordan Fischer
The Indy Channel

INDIANAPOLIS — Three fans at Lucas Oil Stadium were injured by a falling bolt Thursday night at the Colts preseason game. 

Twitter user Amber Meranda, who was sitting near where the object fell, said she heard "two separate clanking noises." A woman was then taken from the stands by Lucas Oil first aid responders in a wheelchair. That woman and a man were taken to I.U. Health by an ambulance. One other person was injured, but he was treated on-site.

The injuries occurred while the roof was opened at halftime.

Barney Levengood, executive director of the Capital Improvement Board of Managers, issued the following statement Thursday night about the incident:

“With approximately two minutes remaining at half time at the Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals game this evening at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, there was an occurrence with the movement of the retractable roof. The roof was in process of being opened for the second half of the preseason game. A bolt from the fixed structure sheared and dropped into seating section 248 (located in the northwest corner of the lower seating bowl). Once the stadium authorities were notified, the movement of the roof was stopped immediately.

On-site medical personnel deemed all injuries to be non-life threatening. One female and one male were attended to by I.U. Health medical personnel and then transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. The third person was a male who was treated and released on site.”

Republished with permission from The Indy Channel


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