Saints versus Falcons. Thursday night, in prime time. For a Falcons fan, it doesn't get any better.
"Good football game, good rivalry game," said Marcus Stegall.
Stegall said the night was great until the Falcons lost, but he said things got worse when he decided to head home.
"I told my father that we should just wait on the crowd and not go, and he was like, 'no, let's get out of here.' As soon as we stepped on the escalator, man it was like a free fall. A runaway escalator. I had to jump off," said Stegall.
Stegall said there were dozens of other fans on the escalator with him as he left the upper level of the stadium near the D gates.
"The first thing I am thinking about is, I have heard stories of toes and feet getting chopped off on escalators, so that is the first thing I am thinking about after it first happened. After we get to the bottom, I make a jump for it and my dad had to make a jump for it," said Stegall.
Stegall said he twisted his knee when he stepped on the escalator and it took off and he aggravated it further when jumped off. He said first responders helped about eight people who were hurt.
"There was a woman in front of me with a child, she appeared to be like nine months pregnant," Stegall said. "I am a pretty tough guy and I don't get scared of a lot of stuff but that was pretty terrifying."
Late Friday evening, the Georgia Dome released the following statement.
"At the conclusion of last night's game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints one of the escalators at the Georgia Dome was impaired due to fans jumping up and down on an extremely full escalator. Five minor injuries were reported and treated at the scene. The escalator will undergo rigorous inspections before it will be placed back into service."
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