Witnesses describe worker's fall from MGM Grand sign
Katie Crowther & Stacey Gualandi
Action News has new details on the man who survived a fall from more than 100 feet at the MGM Grand marquee sign on the Las Vegas Strip.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Action News has new details on the man who survived a fall from more than 100 feet at the MGM Grand marquee sign on the Las Vegas Strip.
The sign company, YESCO, told Action News the man's name is Charles Schueler and he's in critical condition at UMC with his family by his side.
One minute Schueler was renovating the electric sign on the marquee, and the next he was falling to the ground below.
"I saw people looking up and right when I looked up, I was witnessing a guy falling and I felt the ground kind of boom, like a thud on the ground," explained Rodney Jones.
According to fire officials, at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the sign employee fell more than 100 feet, with only landscaping to break his fall.
"He was moving around and they got him stabilized, got his neck and everything hoisted up on the stretcher and they got him out of here real fast," said Jones.
Schueler was conscious and rushed to UMC Trauma.
Witnesses are shaken up over the situation.
"I just keep seeing him fall over and over in my head," said one witness.
Another added, "It all happened so fast. It's something you wish you could un-see. Unfortunately, I can't."
While the investigation continues into what happened, many are thankful Schueler is alive.
"I pray for him. I pray for his family, hopefully everybody's okay."
In a statement from YESCO, the family expressed their gratitude for everyone who treated him at the scene and is asking for everyone's thoughts and prayers.