Fan Falls to His Death at 49ers Game

And 2 others were hurt in Indianapolis
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2013 10:28 AM CDT
Fan Falls to His Death at 49ers Game
Stadium personnel look over the area where two men fell from the stands after a railing gave way as the Oakland Raiders were leaving the field following a game in Indianapolis, Sunday.   (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

It looks like football isn't just hazardous to the players' health—it might be hazardous to fans, too. A man died at Candlestick Park in San Francisco yesterday, falling from an elevated walkway just after the kickoff in the 49ers-Packers game. Witnesses tell the AP that the man appeared to be drunk. Police and off-duty medics administered first aid, and an ambulance was summoned, but the man, who was in his 30s, was declared dead from his injuries. It's not the first fan death at the park, which is set to be demolished after this season. Previous unlucky spectators have been shot to death, and killed by a horse.

Incredibly, it wasn't the NFL's only such accident yesterday, either. Two more fans were injured when a railing gave way over the tunnel at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, during the Colts' game against the Oakland Raiders yesterday. One left in a wheelchair, while the other was carried out in a stretcher. A stadium official said one had been treated on-site, but the other had been transported to a local hospital for additional evaluation. (Read more Candlestick Park stories.)

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