Stage Collapses at Sugarland Concert Killing 5

High winds caused the stage to collapse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 13, just before Sugarland was set to perform.


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The accident caused by bad weather killed 5 and injured another 40 people.

“We are all right,” Sugarland Tweeted Saturday night. “We are praying for our fans, and the people of Indianapolis. We hope you’ll join us. They need your strength.”

Opening act Sara Bareilles performed before the bad weather struck. She also expressed her condolences via Twitter, writing, “I’m speechless and feel so helpless. Please send love and prayers to Indianapolis tonight. My heart aches for the lives lost.”

Dan McCarthy, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Indiana, estimated the gust of wind that caused the collapse to be at 60 to 70 mph.

Gov. Mitch Daniels said precautions were taken before Saturday night’s storm, but no one could have foreseen such a strong gust focused in one place. He called the accident “desperately sad” and a “fluke event.”

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