Witnesses: Man was playing on escalator when he fell to his death at Reliant Stadium

Witnesses: Man was playing on escalator when he fell to his death at Reliant Stadium

Credit: MALINI BASU / KHOU 11 NEWS

This is the Reliant Stadium escalator where a young man fell to his death at a Texans preaseason game Thursday night.

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by KHOU.com staff

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 1:50 PM

HOUSTON – The man who fell 60 feet to his death at Reliant Stadium during a Texans preseason game was sliding down the railing of an escalator, witnesses said.

The incident happened after 8 p.m. Thursday as the Texans played the Vikings at the stadium.

Witnesses said the man fell from the 600 level, which is one of the highest levels within the stadium. Cell phone video obtained from a game attendee showed people scrambling and pleading for someone to help.

The man’s identity wasn’t released, but at a Friday morning press conference stadium officials said the victim was 25 years old.

Investigators were still looking into the incident and said the stadium's northeast escalator would remain shut down through at least Friday.

Randall Wisdom, a Texans fan from Channelview, said he and his 18-year-old daughter were on the escalator below the victim when the incident happened.

“My daughter is devastated, she’s never experienced something like that,” he said. “We seen him when he landed.”

Wisdom said they first saw a hat and cup fall, and the man came next. 

The Houston Chronicle reported the incident occured during the game's third quarter.

The victim was transported by private ambulance to Memorial Hermann Southwest as Houston Police Department homicide detectives were called to the scene.

HPD said they were looking into the incident as an accidental death.

Stay with KHOU 11 News and khou.com for the latest news and updates.

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