HOUSTON – The man who fell to his death at Reliant Stadium during a Texans preseason game was sliding down the railing of a high level escalator, witnesses said.
The incident happened after 8 p.m. 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 victim.
The man’s identity wasn’t released, but the Houston Chronicle reported he was 45 years old.
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.
Houston Police Department homicide detectives were on the scene.
Stadium officials will hold a press conference shortly after 10 a.m. Friday to release more information.
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