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Fan Injured in Plunge From Ramp at RFK

By Clarence Williams and Allan Lengel
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page B08

A 35-year-old fan suffered broken bones and other injuries last night when he fell from a concourse ramp inside Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium after the Washington Nationals baseball game, authorities said.

The man was "horsing around" with friends on the ramp on the south side of the stadium near Gate A when he fell at least 20 feet about 9:30 p.m., said Tony Robinson, a spokesman for the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, which oversees RFK.

The man's condition was not immediately released.

Alan Etter, a spokesman for D.C. Fire and Emergency Services, said the man hit something on the way down, which broke his fall. He was transported to D.C. General Hospital, and a helicopter flew him to Washington Hospital Center, authorities said.

Etter said the man fell near a D.C. police officer. EMS medics, who were stationed at the stadium for the game, quickly responded, he said.

Etter said medics began giving the man intravenous fluids and assessing his condition to assist doctors at the hospital.

The incident occurred just as the Nationals completed their sixth home game of the team's inaugural season by defeating the Atlanta Braves, 2-0.

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