Four Philadelphia Eagles fans who fell on the field when a railing collapsed during Sunday’s game in Landover, Md., Contradict the Washington football team’s claim that they were offered on-site medical care.
“They didn’t ask if anyone was injured, and they sure didn’t ask if anyone needed medical attention,” Andrew Collins, 26, of Brooklawn, in the New York, told ESPN. Jersey. “The only thing the staff told us was to remove the ‘F’ from the pitch. “
The incident took place following the Eagles’ 20-16 victory over Washington Soccer Team (WFT) as Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts left the field.
Collins and his three friends were among a crowd of Eagles supporters crowded around the players’ tunnel when a railing snapped, knocking the group down from a height of about three feet.
Hurts is unharmed, but Collins and his friends tell ESPN they suffered injuries, most of which were minor.
Following the accident at the 25-year-old stadium, a spokesperson for the WFT said that to his knowledge the victims were all offered medical assistance on the spot.
“To our knowledge, all those involved were offered an on-site medical assessment and left the stadium of their own accord,” the statement said. “We are very happy that no one appears to have been seriously injured. The safety of our fans and guests is of the utmost importance and we are reviewing what has happened.
Eagles fans Mike Naimoli and Morgan French say they were rushed off the pitch after the crash
Andrew Collins (left) and his girlfriend Marissa Santarlasci (far left) say they were not offered any medical help. “They didn’t even ask, ‘Are you okay? “Do you need help?” Nothing, “Santarlasci told ESPN. “They just spent their day. Hurts was actually the one who asked, ” Are you okay? ” ‘(Right) Naimoli (n the Hurts green jersey) tries to snap a photo with the QB
Ramp collapses and fans stumble upon Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts
Eagles fans stumble across turf at FedEx Field as Jalen Hurts passes after Philadelphia win
Several fans hit the ground after rallying around a FedEx Field tunnel to cheer on Jalen Hurts
Naimoli (in the green Jalen Hurts jersey) and others had a pic with Hurts after the crash
Fans lay down on the ground after bumping into Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts
Collins’ friend Mike Naimoli, 26, of Sicklerville, New Jesey, said the WFT’s statement was “completely incorrect”.
“Everyone’s taking the ‘F’ off the field,” Naimoli told ESPN, citing the security.
Hurts appeared to be one of the few people helping fallen fans and even took a photo with two of them before security intervened.
‘[They] quickly pulled us away from Jalen and pushed us into the stands, ”said Naimoli.
Collins’ girlfriend Marissa Santarlasci, 22, had a similar experience.
“I was in front of the guardrail and felt the pressure as soon as we got down there. Andrew and I were like, “This thing is going to fall apart,” Santarlasci told ESPN.
“… and as soon as Hurts came by he obviously collapsed.” I fell. And as I got up, I was trying to get my foot out of the railing because it was still stuck, and the FedEx folks, they just ripped the railing because my foot was still stuck in it.
“They didn’t even ask, ‘Are you okay? “Do you need help?” “Nothing. They just spent their day. Hurts was actually the one who asked, “Are you guys okay?” ” It was crazy. “
ESPN reports that a source familiar with the situation said Prince George County EMS reported within five minutes and began treating those in need of attention, including a member of the media and a fan.
The source told ESPN she was not aware of any other people needing medical attention.
The team and the league are examining the accident. A spokesperson for WFT did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Mike Naimoli (pictured), who attended the game with his 24-year-old fiancee Morgan French, said he suffered from neck and arm pain and had a tingling sensation in one hand, which he said was stuck under a barricade.
Naimoli, who attended the game with his 24-year-old fiancee Morgan French, said he suffered from pain in his neck and arms and had a tingling sensation in one hand, which he said was stuck under a barricade.
He says he was taken to a New Jersey hospital, where he was fitted with a neck brace and diagnosed with cervical strain and a head injury as well as elbow and knee bruises. ESPN has verified the documents confirming Naimoli’s claim.
Collins told ESPN he has been suffering from lower back pain since the fall, while French has a bruise that runs from his hip to his leg.
“I was the last person to fall,” French told ESPN. “I was on top of everyone, so I quickly jumped up and the security guard literally pulled me by both arms and pulled me off the pitch. I did not have time to process. I was even more in shock.
There is also a dispute over whether or not these fans were allowed to stand in this area, which according to a team official is only used for wheelchair access.
The group said they were allowed to enter the area by security and there was no indication that it was restricted.
‘The security guard downstairs, we [asked] him: “Can we go over there?” And he said “Yeah,” Naimoli said. “If the Washington football team wants to come out and say the area is restricted, there was no documentation on that. The only security guard who was right in front of that area swept us over and said, “OK, go into the tunnel.”
On Facebook, Collins mocked the impending WFT name change. The New Jersey native used a photo of the now infamous waterfall as a profile photo with “Washington Railings” written around the image, which appears in the WFT color scheme.
On Facebook, Collins mocked the impending WFT name change. The New Jersey native used a photo of the now infamous waterfall as his profile photo with “Washington Railings” written around the image, which appears in the WFT color palette.