At least 5 injured by falling ice at Cowboys Stadium
Feb. 4, 2011
At least five people were injured Friday, one critically, by ice that fell on them outside Cowboys Stadium, according to a report by Dallas-Fort Worth television station WFAA.
The critically injured person was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The others were taken to Arlington Memorial Hospital; they are listed in good condition.
Sun has finally broken through the clouds in North Texas and has begun to melt the snow and ice that has accumulated this week.
The large sheets of ice are over the east and west entrances to the stadium.
WFAA reported that all work has been suspended and a safety zone has been created completely around the stadium until the ice has come down from above the entrances and it is safe to be in those areas.
"The ice and snow melting off of the Cowboys Stadium roof has caused several sliding snow falls onto the plazas," the Dallas Morning News quoted NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy as saying.
"All stadium entrances have been closed except for the truck tunnel, which is away from the building by a very safe distance," he added.
The Metroplex was prepared for the snow fall over night, but the predictions of 3 inches were quickly squashed when many woke up Friday morning, with some parts of North Texas receiving 8 inches of snow.
Schools across the area were closed for a fourth consecutive day. But unlike the previous three days, the clouds disappeared around 1pm and the sun broke through the sky, quickly heating the snow and ice on the ground and rooftops.
Temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until Saturday, but the radiant heat took everyone by surprise.
Emergency crews had not factored in ice as a problem at Cowboys Stadium, since this is the first time the building had been hit with it.
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