Stage Collapse at State Fair Kills 5

August 15, 2011 | Blog

A gust of wind is being blamed on a stage collapse at the state fair that killed at least five people, Gov. Mitch Daniels said.

On Saturday night a large gust of wind blew the Grandstand stage down atop of the fans who were near the stage, awaiting the main act “Sugarland.” Four people were killed then, and at least 45 were sent for treatment at local hospitals. A fifth victim died early Sunday morning.

The stands were packed with crowds and although an announcer had warned of possible severe weather about five minutes prior to the incident, no one had expected such a devestating tragedy. Indiana safety officials are investigating the accident and looking into what, if anything, could have been done to prevent the accident.

According to reports, crowds ran up to help lift the beams off trapped concertgoers after the collapse. The winds were estimated to be between 60 and 70 miles-per-hour, according to the National Weather Service.

The fair was closed Sunday, but expected to reopen on Monday.

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