A fan attending Friday’s Red Sox-A’s game suffers ‘life-threatening’ injuries after getting hit by a broken bat.
A woman suffered life threatening injuries at a Boston Red Sox game Friday night when a broken bat that got sawed off at the handle by a pitch flew into the stands at Fenway Park and struck her in the face.
The Red Sox-A’s game was halted for several minutes after the final out of the inning and the unidentified victim taken away on a stretcher through the infield after the barrel end of the bat belonging to A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie hit the woman sitting in the second row near third base.
Lawrie’s bat splintered after he swing at a pitch by Red Sox starter Wade Miley.
“It hit on the forehead to the top of the head … it was a blunt trauma and it was a lot of blood. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much blood.” Alex Merlas, who was sitting nearby, told The Boston Globe.
A stunned silence gripped Fenway and the gory scene registered on players’ faces as they watched first responders render emergency care. The woman was transported to Beth Israel Hospital with “life threatening” injuries, Boston police said.
Fenway Park medical staff carry an injured fan away on a stretcher after she’s hit by a broken bat.
One fan sitting next to the woman ripped his shirt off and used it to stanch the bleeding from the woman’s face.
“She seemed in shock, she was not aware of what was going on, pushing help away, ” witness Arvald Karp told the Globe. “She was pushing the towel away, and she was out of it.”
Another witness at the stadium tweeted about the “awful” scene in the stands, where the woman was reportedly bleeding profusely from her head.
Brian MacPherson, Red Sox beat writer for the Providence Journal, was one of many people at the game to report that the victim had lost a tremendous amount of blood.
It was clear it was bad when another fan stripped off his shirt to apply to the injured fan’s head.
— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) June 5, 2015
“It was clear it was bad when another fan stripped off his shirt to apply to the injured fan’s head,” MacPherson wrote on Twitter.
Video from the stands showed the injured woman covered in blood and screaming in pain as she was carried away on a stretcher.
Batted balls injure 1,750 fans at big league games each year, Bloomberg found. At least 21 fans have died in falls at baseball stadiums since the larger venues began to debut in the 1960s, according to David Weeks, co-author of “Death at the Ballpark.”
The NHL adopted netting at arenas in the wake of 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil’s death. She was struck in the head by a puck at Columbus Blue Jackets game in 2002.
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