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Air-ambulance transports man who fell 20 feet in Lawrence


Last updated: 3:56 a.m.

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Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical ordered a LifeStar air-ambulance after a, 24-year-old, man fell approximately 20 feet from a balcony into the alley below. It happened near 9th and Massachusetts Streets

Emergency crews were called just after 1 a.m. to the alley behind the Jazzhaus, 926 Massachusetts Street.

Medics reported critical injuries but, later amended to serious injuries. The man was alert, conscious and talking.

Police say the man fell down a back staircase from the balcony into the alley and then tried to walk away with his friends. He walked about 25 yards and then became lightheaded. That is when his friends called for an ambulance.

At the time he was transported by LifeStar he was said to be complaining of elbow pain.

Lawrence Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man's fall.

LifeStar transported the injured man from the athletic fields at Central Junior High School, 1400 Massachusetts Street to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Google Earth view of the scene and helicopter landing zone.

Google Earth view of the scene and helicopter landing zone. by Mike Frizzell

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David Holroyd 4 years, 8 months ago

Fell 20 feet from high or 20 feet from 9th and Mass ?

Hard to believe one would be walking if they fell 20 feet which is over two stories.

This should turn out to be interesting as to what happened.

RubyVrooom 4 years, 8 months ago

Behind the Jazzhaus. That means he fell off the balcony in the back of Jazzhaus. There are always plenty of drunk people up there.

Carol Bowen 4 years, 8 months ago

My first assumption was drinking, too, but the pollen count is extremely high right now. It could have been vertigo, drinking, both, or neither.

Isaias Shannon 4 years, 8 months ago

We live near 14th and Connecticut and was up with my baby when this happened - the helicopter was SO loud! Turns out it was right in our backyard, so no wonder. Hope this guy is alright and agree that drinking + balcony = bad news.

Adrienne Sanders 4 years, 8 months ago

Did the balcony railing break or was he climbing on it or something? Unlike some past situations where there have been falls, the balcony behind Jazzhaus is actually meant to be a balcony and I'm not sure how you'd fall off it under normal circumstances, even if drunk.
Wishing this young man a speedy recovery.

RubyVrooom 4 years, 8 months ago

I was wrong about the balcony. The Jazzhaus says: "I guess it's being reported that a guy fell off our back deck but he actually tripped in the alley. We pray for speedy healing."

broddie 4 years, 8 months ago

back in 1993, on my birthday, I got loaded at the Jazzhaus. I tripped on those back stairs, went head over heels forward and landed on my FEET, with only a slight scrape on my arm.

The sad thing is that NOBODY saw it. But let me tell ya it happened.

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