Published Aug 04, 2009Actor/musician Kevin Costner is offering a helping hand to victims of the Big Valley Jamboree festival disaster of last Saturday (August 1), when a huge wind storm hit the fairgrounds with such speed and intensity that the stage collapsed, leaving one concertgoer dead and dozens injured.
Now, Costner, who, with his band Modern West, was set to go on stage next when the storm hit, is saying he wants to return to Alberta (the festival was in Camrose, AB) to "help with the healing," reports the Associated Press. Costner's publicist has said that if there is any sort of benefit to support the victims, Costner hopes to be part of it.
On Saturday, Country singer Billy Currington was playing at the festival when the staging collapsed on him and his band. According to his website, "Currington was taken to the hospital and suffered a minor concussion but is expected to make a full recovery. He has been released from the hospital and has returned to his home in Nashville. Currington's bass player, Alex Stevens, was pinned under the wreckage of the stage for half-an-hour while rescue personnel removed debris to free him. Stevens underwent immediate surgery to repair a severed artery and nerves in his left arm and is currently receiving treatment in Nashville."
Costner was also on the stage as it collapsed but escaped uninjured, despite being caught under debris. Two of his crew members were hurt. They were taken to the hospital, treated and released.