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Fan dies after falling from escalator in Texas stadium

HOUSTON — A 25-year-old fan died after tumbling about 60 feet from a fifth-floor escalator at Reliant Stadium during a preseason Houston Texans game, officials said Friday.

The man fell to the ground floor during Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, and frantic witnesses called police to report where his body had landed, police spokesman John Cannon said.

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The fall appeared to be an accident, police said. The fan’s name was not released because police were working to notify his family.

The man was traveling down from the fifth floor when he fell to the ground, said Mark Miller, the general manager of SMG-Reliant Park.

Two medical teams working at the stadium treated the man at the scene before he was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died, he said.

Stadium staff members monitor fan safety at each escalator landing, Miller said.

Texans’ president Jamey Rootes indicated that security and safety changes were unlikely because of the fatal fall.

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