Bolt falls from roof of Lucas Oil Stadium during Colts game, injures 3 fans

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 3, 2015)-- Officials confirmed that three people suffered injuries during the Colts' pre-season game Thursday against the Cincinnati Bengals when a bolt fell from the roof at Lucas Oil Stadium while it was being opened at halftime.

(Photo courtesy of Amber Meranda via IndyStar)

(Photo courtesy of Amber Meranda via IndyStar)

Barney Levengood, executive director of the Capital Improvement Board of Managers, issued the following statement:

“With approximately two minutes remaining at half time at the Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals game this evening at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, there was an occurrence with the movement of the retractable roof.  The roof was in process of being opened for the second half of the preseason game.  A bolt from the fixed structure sheared and dropped into seating section 248 (located in the northwest corner of the lower seating bowl).  Once the stadium authorities were notified, the movement of the roof was stopped immediately.

Levengood said medical personnel classified the injuries as non life-threatening. He released another statement Friday saying contractors were looking into the problem:

"The Capital Improvement Board and the appropriate contractors are assessing the causes of the incident during the roof operation at last night’s preseason game.  The safety of everyone who attends and works events at Lucas Oil Stadium is our top priority.  Once the full inspection of the roof has been completed, more information will be made available."

One woman and one man were attended to by I.U. Health personnel and transported to a local hospital.

The third person, a man, was treated and released.

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