A Massachusetts man was in critical condition Sunday after falling 20 feet off an escalator rail at Denver International Airport shortly after arriving from Boston, police said.
The fall happened about midnight on the escalator that leads to the shuttle train platform beneath Concourse A, Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.
"He was trying to ride the rail down," Jackson said. Instead, "he popped up and went over the edge."
The victim, who was accompanied by three other people, suffered a head injury that police described as life-threatening.
Paramedics took the man to Denver Health Medical Center, where he was in critical condition, Jackson said.
Police said the man is in his mid-20s.
Authorities were withholding his name because his family had not been notified.
Airport spokesman Steve Snyder said that the accident did not result from any malfunction of the escalator.
Snyder said he could not recall any similar incidents at the airport.
Police consider the incident accidental, Jackson said.
No charges were expected.
"I think it's somewhat horseplay," Jackson said.
"This is a very unusual situation," he said.
" . . . People make this trip every day, and no one suffers these kinds of injuries."
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