3 people at Colts-Bengals game injured by falling debris

A fan is helped by emergency workers after getting injured by falling debris as the roof was opened during halftime of an NFL preseason football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three people sustained minor injuries at Thursday night’s Colts game when they were hit by a bolt from the roof.

Stadium officials issued a statement after the game saying medics deemed all injuries to be “non-life threatening.”

Barney Levengood, executive director of the Capital Improvement Board of Managers, issued a statement saying that one man and one woman had been transported to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. A second man was treated and released at Lucas Oil Stadium. Cincinnati won the game 9-6.

Authorities said the injury occurred while the roof opened just before the second-half kickoff of the traditional preseason finale between Indianapolis and Cincinnati.

“A bolt from the fixed structure sheared and dropped into seating section 248,” Levengood said in the statement. “The movement of the roof was stopped immediately and stadium authorities were notified.”

Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts’ home field, hosted the Super Bowl in February 2012.

But the accident is the second in two years involving fans.

In September 2013, during a regular-season game against Oakland, a railing collapsed in the lower bowl of the stadium when several fans were leaning over it. Two men fell into a tunnel near the field, but neither was seriously hurt. Witnesses said they were leaning over the railing and trying to grab the gloves worn by Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson.

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