Three fans hit by falling objects after retractable roof malfunctions at Lucas Oil Stadium

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WISH) —Three fans were struck in the head by a falling object as the roof opened at Lucas Oil Stadium Thursday evening, according to a statement from officials.

Colts COO Pete Ward confirmed that an object fell from above during the Colts matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. He said that stadium operations is investigating.

The object was later identified as a bolt.

Fans at the game began tweeting about the incident

A portion of the section was cleared out following the incident. (WISH Photo)
A portion of the section was cleared out following the incident. (WISH Photo)

A WISH-TV employee attending the game said that a loud pop was heard as the roof was opening. He said the roof then stopped opening, then started up again.

Adam Bowman, who was also at the game, said that a woman was bleeding and was taken away for medical attention.

Barney Levengood, executive director of the Capital Improvement Board of Managers, released this statement:

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.”

 

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