Update (Tuesday, 3:00 p.m.): The Office of Communication issued an update on the employee’s condition. “He sustained serious but not life threatening, injuries, is in stable condition and conscious. He has family with him at the hospital.”
Update (2:05 p.m.): The Office of Communication confirmed that the victim was a University employee. He was performing maintenance and repairs on the field on top of Yates when he fell down the shaft pictured below.
Update (1:42 p.m.): University officials, including representatives of public safety and facilities management, met on Kehoe Field next to the site of the accident (see vent in the bottom right corner of the first image) around 1:00 p.m. There is still no word of a statement from the University.
Photos by John Flanagan
At around 10:00 a.m. this morning, DC Fire and EMS reported that a man – presumed to be a University employee – fell 15 feet into a vent shaft at Yates Field House. Peter Piringer, director of public information at DC Fire and EMS, told Vox that GERMS and DC Fire worked together to extract the man and load him onto a U.S. Park Police helicopter to transport him to the hospital.
He could not confirm whether the victim had been taken to George Washington Hospital or Washington Hospital Center, both of which have level I trauma centers. The victim has been taken to Washington Hospital Center, which has a level I trauma center
The University was not available for comment at the time of writing.