Christopher Tierney, 32, fell 30 feet into the orchestra pit on Dec. 20 when his harness failed. In a new interview with WCBS-TV, he recalls the frightening fall and says he was lucky to avoid even more serious injury.
"I was falling, and then I saw, once I hit the darkness of the stage, I had to just turn it real quick so I wasn't going to fall on my head, and I crashed on my back," Tierney says in the interview, airing Monday night, reports the New York Post.
"The last thing I remember was like, uh, just going, 'Oh, God,' " adds Tierney, who suffered four broken ribs, a hairline skull fracture, a broken scapula, a bruised lung, three cracked vertebrae and broken bones below his elbow.
Tierney is set to be released from a rehabilitation center on Wednesday and hopes to return to the production at some point soon.
Meanwhile, Natalie Mendoza, 30, a lead actress in the show who was injured during a preview performance when a weighted rope hit her in the head, is leaving the show for good.
"It has been a difficult decision to make, but I regret that I am unable to continue on Spider-Man as I recover from my injury," she said in a statement. "I wish Julie [Taymor, the director] and the cast and crew every success with this production."
Mendoza had returned to the stage briefly, but withdrew with lingering concussion symptoms, including nausea and headaches.