EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Three people remained hospitalized
Sunday after being injured when an escalator malfunctioned Saturday
night at Giants Stadium after the Patriots' 38-35 victory over the
Giants gave New England a 16-0 regular season.
The escalator at Gate A apparently failed at the bottom steps,
state police Lt. Jim Crann said. The escalator runs from the
stadium's upper tier to the ground level, and Crann said it
appeared that some bottom steps became bent, causing some fans to
sustain foot and leg injuries.
Seven people were injured, according to James Minish, executive
vice president of facilities for the New Jersey Sports & Exposition
Authority, which operates the stadium. Two of the seven were
treated at the stadium, he said.
Five people were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center
after the game, according to hospital spokeswoman Nancy Radwin.
Two of the five were treated and released and the other three
were still hospitalized Sunday afternoon. Radwin declined to give
specific details on their conditions, citing hospital policy.
One of the injured fans appeared to have a fractured leg, Minish
said, while others had scrapes and bruises.
"The elevator apparently started running fast" Minish said,
adding that all of the stadium's escalators were turned off after
The accident was similar to one that occurred in July 2003 at
Denver's Coors Field. A descending escalator suddenly sped up after
a Colorado Rockies game, throwing fans into a pile. Dozens of
people were injured, and some needed surgery.
At Giants Stadium on Sunday, the escalator to the upper tier was
blocked off, forcing fans going to the New York Jets-Kansas City Chiefs game to take an escalator from ground level to the mezzanine
and then walk to the upper tier.
Minish said the escalators were scheduled to be checked Monday
by state inspectors under the auspices of the Department of