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Student Hit by Goal Post Improving

November 24, 1998 GMT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) _ An Oregon State freshman injured by a goal post torn down by celebrating fans was moved out of the intensive care unit Monday, hospital officials said.

Cara Marie Martin, who was in serious condition Saturday night after being hurt at the Oregon State-Oregon game, has shown improvement since then.

``She’s alert,″ said hospital spokeswoman Judy Bruce. ``Her family’s with her. She seems to be talking with them, and her spirits are very good.″

Martin is expected to remain hospitalized for a few more days, Bruce said.


Martin was among thousands of fans who streamed onto the Parker Stadium field after Oregon State beat Oregon 44-41 in double overtime.

Fans gathered around the south goal post, and a few climbed onto the crossbar. One of the uprights came down, and when the second tumbled, it hit Martin in the head.

Martin said she didn’t hold fans responsible for her injury.

``Not at all,″ she said. ``They were out there for the same reasons I was, and I honestly don’t think they were trying to hurt somebody.″

Prosecutors plan to subpoena videotapes of the postgame celebration from a Eugene TV station before deciding whether to pursue charges against any of the students who climbed on the goal post.