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Sugarland Stage Collapse: Four People Dead At Indiana State Fair

Written by John Ritchie on August 14, 2011

A stage has collapsed during the Indiana State Fair just before Grammy-award winning country band Sugarland were due to go on. Four people are dead and over forty have been injured in a shocking event.

State Police Sgt. Rich Myers said: I want to be very forthcoming, we could have other deaths. We hope everyone will be praying for the injured.

Witnesses said strong winds came from nowhere and reports are that the crowd had been told if the storm grew worse the place would be evacuated, minutes later the stage collapsed.

A reporter for WANE-TV said: The wind just picked up and the stage just caught and the roof just caught and it went up like a sail and then it crashed forward into the people standing in the front. There were people trapped underneath and everyone was running and screaming. They were asking any medics or nurses not to leave.

The National Weather Service had previously issued an alert for central Indiana stating: thunderstorms may be severe with damaging winds and large hail as the main threats.The storms will also produce dangerous lightning and brief heavy rainfall.

This seems to be a recurring problem; it was only last week a stage collapsed in Oklahoma during a Flaming Lips set and in July a Stage fall over during Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada while Cheap Trick were on stage.

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