View Full Version : Man, 26, in critical condition after plunging from Shea Stadium escalator

07-27-2008, 01:46 AM
Man, 26, in critical condition after plunging from Shea Stadium escalator
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- A fan was seriously injured after plunging 25 feet from the handrails of an escalator at Shea Stadium during Saturday's New York Mets game, police and team officials said.

The accident happened fewer than four months after another spectator was killed in a similar fall.

The fan, a 26-year-old man, fell about 10 p.m. from the box-seat level to a floor near Gate D at the stadium as the Mets played the St. Louis Cardinals, police Detective Brian Sessa said.

The unconscious man was taken to a hospital, the Fire Department said. He was in critical condition early Sunday but expected to survive, said police Lt. John Grimpel.

As the game continued in extra innings, the team issued a statement saying it was aware of the fall and was investigating.

On April 15, fan Antonio Nararainsami, 36, lost his balance on an escalator and fell two stories to his death in a section below the left field stands. Nararainsami was leaving the stadium with his family after the Mets played the Washington Nationals.

The stadium's escalators were also the scene of a fatal fall in 1985, when a 21-year-old Yonkers man fell 100 feet.

This is the Mets' last season at Shea Stadium. A new stadium, Citi Field, is scheduled to open next year.


I hope he recovers.

07-27-2008, 02:22 AM
Jason Larson, 26, of St. Louis, fell after attempting to slide down a bannister in the D section about 10 p.m. during the Mets game, a source said.

There should be a limit for stupidity in the world :pity:.

07-27-2008, 02:51 AM
He was probably drunk.

Just guessing.

07-28-2008, 02:22 AM
Cardinals fan injured in escalator fall at Shea Stadium
By Kim McGuire

A 26-year-old St. Louis man was in critical condition Sunday at a New York City hospital after falling off an escalator at Shea Stadium.

Police say witnesses reported seeing Cardinals fan Justin Larson of St. Louis sliding down the handrail of the escalator that connects the field seats to the ground level. The accident happened as the Cardinals faced the Mets Saturday night.

"Several witnesses have told us they saw this individual sliding down the escalator handrail when he fell over the side, falling about 25 feet," said New York City police Sgt. Carlos Nieves.

Nieves said Larson was unconscious when emergency crews arrived.

He said police were told by medical personnel that Larson had two broken ribs, a collapsed lung and swelling of the brain. Despite his severe injuries, Larson is expected to survive, he said.

The Mets organization issued a statement Saturday night that said the team was aware of the accident. The Mets, the New York City Parks Department and the New York City Police Department were investigating, the team said.

New York media outlets reported that Larson attended the game with friends who declined to give their names.

Earlier this month, two Cardinals fans crossing a street in Philadelphia were struck by a driver who ran a red light. One of the two, a St. Louis area teacher, died; the other was seriously injured. The women were in Philadelphia to see the Cards play the Phillies.

In April, a Mets fan lost his balance on one of the stadium's escalators and fell more than two stories to his death. Another fatal escalator accident happened in 1985.

This is the last season the Mets will play in Shea Stadium. A new stadium for the team is expected to open next year.


07-28-2008, 02:57 AM
What a dope.

07-28-2008, 06:18 AM
Friends dont let friends drink and slide.

07-28-2008, 12:15 PM
Friends dont let friends drink and slide.


07-28-2008, 12:54 PM
Wow that sucks, hope the man can have a full recovery.