Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sugarland Concert Turns Tragic With Stage Collapse In Indiana

A country music tragedy struck the Indiana State Fair last night. At least four five people were killed and over 40 were injured- some critically- when the entire concert rigging blew over in a storm during the Sugarland concert. Sara Bareilles had just finished her opening number and Sugarland had yet to take the stage. Witnesses tell of a wall of dirt, dust, rain and wind that came up the main thoroughfare of the fairgrounds that struck the stage area, toppling it over onto the VIP section. Indiana State Police Sgt. Rich Myers confirmed the deaths and number of injured and said the injuries ranged from "slight to very critical." The forty-plus confirmed in hospitals include fans and stagehands. Three children are being treated at Riley Hospital for Children. Both performing acts were okay in the tragedy. Sugarland made this statement: "We are stunned and heartbroken for the fans and their families in Indiana," Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles said in a statement. "We hold those injured in our prayers at this very sad time. There are no words. It is tragic."

    • Video of the stage collapse HERE
    • A view of the scene minutes after the stage collapsed HERE.  

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