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Sugarland Stage Collapse Kills Five & Injures Dozens. So Sad.

Sun, August 14, 2011 10:10am EDT by William Earl 8 Comments
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The Indiana State Fair turns deadly as harsh winds knock down scaffolding — what a tragedy.

A day at the fair turned horrific as a collapsing stage killed five fans and injured many others at a concert by country band Sugarland.

The Aug. 13 show at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis drew a huge crowd, and a sudden gust of wind “snapped [the stage] like a toothpick,” one concertgoer told CNN. So far, the death toll is five and upwards of 40 attendees have been injured.

Sara Bareilles, whose set ended just before the collapse, was shocked and took to Twitter to write, “Fortunately we are all safe, but a tragic stage accident has injured some folks in indiana. Our prayers are with them and their families,” following with, “I’m speechless and feel so helpless. Please send love and prayers to Indianapolis tonight. My heart aches for the lives lost. #indyiloveu.”

Sugarland, who were preparing to go onstage when the collapse happened, also took to Twitter, writing, “We are all right. We are praying for our fans, and the people of Indianapolis. We hope you’ll join us. They need your strength.”

Our prayers too go out to those in Indiana.

— William Earl