4 Dead After Stage Collapses at Indiana Fair

High winds topple it just before Sugarland performs
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 13, 2011 11:03 PM CDT
Family members tend to their injured relatives.   (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Matt Kryger)
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(Newser) – At least four people were killed tonight when a stage collapsed during a storm at the Indiana State Fair, where the country group Sugarland was set to perform. The number of injured has risen to 40, with injuries ranging from mild to serious. Strong winds caused the stage rigging for the outdoor concert to collapse about 9pm, trapping and injuring concert-goers at the fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

No one was performing at the time. The opening act had finished, and the crowd was waiting for Sugarland to take the stage. The collapse came as thousands of concert-goers were being evacuated from the fairground grandstand to a nearby coliseum because of the worsening weather. The stage rigging fell onto an area where fans were seated.

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