A baseball fan has been badly hurt after falling 30ft from the upper tier of a stadium while trying to catch a foul ball during a game.
The man was on the upper tier during the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers game at the Rangers Ballpark, in Arlington, when he fell onto spectators below.
Horrified players and fans watched on as he reached to try and catch a foul ball, but lost his balance during the Major League Baseball game.
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A Texas Rangers fan is removed on a stretcher after falling from an upper deck in the bottom of the fifth inning
Injured: A male fan is tended to by paramedics after falling 30ft trying to catch a baseball during a match at Texas Rangers’ Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Horror: Rangers player Nelson Cruz – who hit the foul ball – reacts as the fan falls from the stands
He flipped over railings and fell on to four other fans on the level below him.
The game was stopped for 16 minutes as shaken players sat stunned on the pitch or held their heads in their hands in shock.
Paramedics rushed to the aid of the man and he was strapped to a spinal board before being taken by ambulance to hospital. His condition is unknown.
John Blake, Rangers executive vice president of communications, said the spectator was ‘able to move all his extremities and was responsive to paramedics’.
Horrified: A distraught fan holds her head in her hands after the man lost his balance trying to catch the ball and tumbled over railings
Shocked: One of the players looks away after seeing the fan fall from the upper tier
Four people in the lower tier of seating were also hit and were treated at the stadium for minor injuries.
The incident occurred during the fifth innings of the game last night.
Texas Rangers batter Nelson Cruz had fouled the ball – where a batter hits the pitch behind him – into the first row of seats off to the right of the first base.
It is not the first time that a spectator has been injured after falling during a baseball game.
Fall: This player hides his head after the horrific incident in last night’s Major League Baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers
In May 2008, Justin Hayes, 25, of Cumming, Georgia, was killed after falling four stories at Turner Field during a match between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves.
The month before Mets fan Antonio Nararainsami died after losing his balance while trying to slide down an escalator handrail at Shea Stadium.
And another spectator survived after falling 15ft from an outfield wall at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia in August 2008.
Kenny Campbell, then 10, successfully caught a home run during New York Met’s batting practice, but lost his balance and fell to the ground. He escaped with bruising.
Fans often try to catch home runs or fouls during matches and keep the balls as a memento.