Stage Collapse Kills Five at Indiana State Fair
Published Aug 14, 2011Following Cheap Trick's Ottawa Bluesfest disaster and a similar incident at a Flaming Lips show in Oklahoma, yet another stage has collapsed at a large outdoor concert. This time it was a performance by American country group Sugarland at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Tragically, five people died in the disaster.
According to a report from the Associated Press, fans were awaiting a performance from the group on Saturday (August 13) when strong winds toppled the stage and sent steel scaffolding flying into the audience.
The disaster injured at least 44 people, including a seven-year-old child, who were treated at hospital. At least five people lost their lived in the accident, although Indiana state police said it was a "very likely possibility" that the death toll will increase.
All of the events planned for the fair were cancelled on Sunday (August 14), with the schedule set to resume on Monday (August 15) with a memorial service for those who lost their lives.
Sugarland responded to the event on their website, writing, "We are all right after our stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair tonight. Many of our fans and friends in Indianapolis may not be. Please keep them in your thoughts, prayers, or whatever form of strength you are able to send. They need you. Thank you."
UPDATE: A sixth person has now been confirmed dead due to injuries sustain in the stage collapse.