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Woman Who Lost Leg In Escalator Accident Sues

May 19, 2005 | AP

A woman who lost her leg following an escalator accident at Coors Field is suing the Colorado Rockies, the escalator manufacturer and the baseball stadium district for damages.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Denver District Court, Peggy Nance said she spent 10 weeks in the hospital and had to undergo 11 surgeries following the July 2, 2003 accident.

According to the filing, Nance said she was riding the escalator when it abruptly stopped and then started moving more quickly. She said she fell about 30 feet to the bottom of the escalator and other people were thrown on top of her.

Nance, who also lost part of her right heel, must now use a prosthetic leg and wear special shoes on her right foot. She is a member of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation board and also claims she had to scale back her charity work, and she was not able to work as a law firm records manager. She also said her expenses from the accident have totaled more than $720,000.

A telephone message left by The Associated Press for a Rockies' spokesman wasn't immediately returned and a representative for the escalator manufacturer Kone Inc. couldn't be reached after business hours Thursday.

The Rockies and Kone agreed to split the cost of medical bills, lost wages, child-care fees and other costs incurred by injured fans but neither admitted any responsibility for what happened.

After the accident, Kone blamed overcrowding and a misconnected wire that delayed how quickly safety brakes could be activated. City officials said the culprit was a missing safety switch.

A follow-up investigation found that inspectors certified the escalator even though a key safety switch was missing.

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