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Man knocked unconscious in stairwell fall at Rangers Ballpark

Aug 28, 2011, 3:04 AM EDT

Rangers Barllpark Stairwell AP

Seven weeks after Shannon Stone was killed while tumbling over a railing at Rangers Ballpark, tragedy nearly struck again.

The Associated Press reports that a 24-year-old man was knocked unconscious after falling 21 feet in a stairwell while leaving the stadium.  Police are investigating the incident as an accident.

“It doesn’t appear that there’s any foul play that’s involved,” police lieutenant Bobby Mason said after talking to people who were in the man’s group and other witnesses. “There wasn’t any fighting or anything like that going on.”

Mason said his understanding was that the man’s condition was improving after being transported to a hospital. There was some blood in the area where the man fell.

“At this point in time, hopefully it’s going to be better than what we thought when he left,” Mason said.

The indicent happened near the home-plate gate and was out of sight from the field.  It was before the end of the game, so the flights of stairs taking fans from the upper deck to ground level were not crowded.

“What we can say for sure is, for whatever reason, he falls from the railing area up there between the third and second landing, and he fell 21 feet,” Mason said.

  1. kiwicricket - Aug 28, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    Burning the midnight oil, Matthew…..nice work.

  2. robertterwilliger - Aug 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    when is his statue going up?

  3. paperlions - Aug 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Taller railings now.

  4. tuftsb - Aug 28, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Did the doctors do a blood alcohol test?

    • clydeserra - Aug 28, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      if they did, its non of our business.

  5. Bryz - Aug 28, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    If the stairways weren’t crowded, I wouldn’t be surprised if the guy was attempting to slide down the railing and just lost his balance.

    • Bryz - Aug 28, 2011 at 11:53 PM

      24 year old guy. Stairway wasn’t crowded. No belief of foul play, so why so many thumbs down for a logical guess as to what happened?

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