Cheap Trick Driver Launches Lawsuit Against Ottawa Bluesfest over Stage Collapse

Cheap Trick Driver Launches Lawsuit Against Ottawa Bluesfest over Stage Collapse
Nearly two years after a terrifying stage collapse occurred during a Cheap Trick performance at the Ottawa Bluesfest, the American power-pop unit's driver is suing event organizers over injuries sustained at the scene of the accident.

CBC reports that truck driver Sandy Sanderson is suing Ottawa Bluesfest, along with Mega Stage Inc. and its parent company Groupe Berger for "pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of amenities," claiming a stage fixture struck him while he was loading his vehicle at the concert venue. He's seeking $100,000 in compensation.

According to the claimant, he suffered an abdomen laceration, which later became infected, and also experienced trauma to his right thigh. He apparently also suffered skin nerve damage and stress disorders due to the accident.

The collapse on July 17, 2011, occurred when winds as strong 90 kilometres per hour forced Cheap Trick to leave the stage at LeBreton Flats. Minutes later, the structure caved in on itself. Miraculously, no one died in the accident, but several were left injured.

Later, Cheap Trick called for an investigation into the incident and petitioned the U.S. Government to help prevent similar situations and promote stage safety.