Monday, 1 March 2010

Wheelchair Fan Skewered At AC/DC Gig

A quadriplegic man has been seriously injured at an AC/DCconcert after his friend hit the joystick of his motorised wheelchair, catapulting him into the mosh pit.
Witnesses said a metal pin used by the 31-year-old man to manoeuvre objects embedded in his eye as his chair crashed more than a metre to the floor of Brisbane's Queensland Sport and Athletic Centre.
The venue is facing criticism for not placing a proper barrier in front of the wheelchair podium.
The platform had side and rear barriers, but the only barrier at the front of the podium was a strip of timber and plastic caution tape.
The incident happened as more than 45,000 fans enjoyed the legendary Aussie rockers' second of two sold-out shows in the city.
The man's friend accidentally struck the joystick with his hand, and the wheelchair shot forward and fell off the platform.
A witness said the man's friend was "shattered, just devastated by what happened".
Paramedics immediately attended to the injured man, a former truck driver who was paralysed in an accident.
A hospital official said the man is out of intensive care but remains in a serious, but stable condition.
Stadiums Queensland, the organisation which controls the venue, issued a statement saying it was aware of the incident and was investigating.