Spec­ta­tor taken to hospi­tal af­ter stand be­comes un­sta­ble at Eng­land match

The Guardian Australia - - Sport -

One per­son re­mains in hospi­tal af­ter be­ing treated for “se­ri­ous” in­juries sus­tained when a stand be­came un­sta­ble dur­ing Eng­land’s Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional against the West Indies at Ch­ester-le-Street.

Three spec­ta­tors were hurt af­ter fall­ing in the North-East ter­race of the Emi­rates River­side, with so­cial me­dia posts from those in at­ten­dance sug­gest­ing a hole emerged in a sec­tion of floor­ing.

The North East am­bu­lance ser­vice re­sponded to a 999 call from the ground and took one of the in­jured par­ties to New­cas­tle’s RVI Hospi­tal, telling Press As­so­ci­a­tion Sport the pa­tient was in a “se­ri­ous con­di­tion”.

A spokesman for the hospi­tal con­firmed the in­di­vid­ual was still be­ing treated on Sun­day morn­ing for “non life-threat­en­ing in­juries”. Durham have be­gun the process of col­lect­ing wit­ness state­ments from stew­ards and first re­spon­ders.

Fans from the en­tire seat­ing block were ush­ered away from the area by stew­ards and guided to other parts of the ground to watch the re­main­der of Eng­land’s 21-run de­feat.

A club state­ment read: “Dur­ing the course of the sec­ond in­nings be­tween Eng­land v West Indies at Emi­rates River­side, three spec­ta­tors were in­jured when a small sec­tion of the North-East Ter­race floor­ing be­came un­sta­ble caus­ing them to fall.

“Stew­ards took pre­cau­tion­ary ac­tion and evac­u­ated that area of the stand ef­fi­ciently. The stand is a per­ma­nent fix­ture at the venue and had passed in­spec­tions in the week prior to the match.”

Twit­ter user @Chris­tianCeriso posted an im­age of two stew­ards stand­ing guard ei­ther side of what ap­peared to be an open­ing di­rectly be­neath a seat.

Windies cap­tain Car­los Brath­waite said af­ter the match that some of his play­ers felt con­di­tions on the pitch were “un­safe” and that he was pre­pared to take an aban­don­ment af­ter wick­et­keeper Chad­wick Wal­ton slipped while field­ing, need­ing lengthy treat­ment.

Po­lice and stew­ards evac­u­ate a sec­tion of seat­ing at the Emi­rates River­side af­ter it be­came un­sta­ble. Pho­to­graph: Lee Smith/ Ac­tion Images via Reuters

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