Fan dies af­ter fall from up­per level of Ga. Dome

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AT­LANTA (AP) — A 20-year-old man from Ten­nessee, who plunged about 35 feet from the up­per level of the Ge­or­gia Dome and struck an­other fan dur­ing the Ten­nessee-North Carolina State game has died, au­thor­i­ties said Satur­day.

The man fell on an­other fan seated in the mez­za­nine area dur­ing the game Fri­day evening, The Ge­or­gia World Congress Cen­ter Author­ity, which op­er­ates the down­town football sta­dium, said in a state­ment.

In­ves­ti­ga­tor Leon Har­ri­son at the Ful­ton County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice told The As­so­ci­ated Press early Satur­day that Isaac Grubb of Lenoir City, Tenn., was pro­nounced dead Fri­day night, min­utes be­fore mid­night, at an At­lanta hospi­tal.

He said the man had fallen about 35 feet and ap­peared to have suf­fered in­juries from blunt force trauma.

“He passed away at the hospi­tal,” Har­ri­son told AP by tele­phone, adding an au­topsy was planned Satur­day morn­ing.

Har­ri­son said the other fan was a man who was sub­se­quently treated at an­other At­lanta hospi­tal and re­leased. He had no fur­ther de­tails on the man’s iden­tity or his con­di­tion.

The author­ity had said the fall oc­curred about 8:30 p.m. Fri­day night dur­ing the game in which Ten­nessee beat North Carolina 35-21in the sea­son opener for both teams.

The fall oc­curred a day af­ter a 25-year-old fan tum­bled about 60 feet from a fifth-floor es­ca­la­tor at Reliant Sta­dium in Hous­ton dur­ing a pre­sea­son Hous­ton Tex­ans game. Jonathon Kelly died from the fall dur­ing the Thurs­day night game against the Min­nesota Vik­ings, and fran­tic wit­nesses called po­lice to re­port where his body had landed, po­lice spokesman John Can­non said. Po­lice said the fall ap­peared to be an ac­ci­dent.

Last year, a fire­fighter at­tend­ing a Texas Rangers game in Ar­ling­ton died when he fell from the left field stands while reach­ing for a base­ball tossed his way by Al­lS­tar out­fielder Josh Hamil­ton. The man’s 9-year-old son wit­nessed the fall. A statue was later ded­i­cated at Rangers Ball­park to

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