Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse Kills at Least Five People, Injures Several Others

At least five people have been killed and dozens injured after a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair on August 13 after opening act Sara Bareilles and while fans waited for Sugarland to perform.

Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse Kills at Least Five People, Injures Several Others

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The stage collapse was caused by a powerful gust of wind from a severe storm that hit the area. Moments before the stage fell onto fans in the VIP section closest to the stage, the announcer warned concert-goers about an approaching storm and provided instructions as to what to do in case of evacuation. According to The Huffington Post, approximately 40 people were injured, including at least one child. It was reported that most injured individuals suffered head and neck injuries, broken bones, lacerations, and bruises.

Emergency personnel and fair officials were reportedly watching the weather closely due to a powerful storm that was expected to strike the area close to 9:15 p.m. The storm ended up hitting the area around 8:45 p.m. After the stage fell onto audience members, hundreds of concert-goers rushed to help lift the stage rigging off of others.

This terrifying incident has raised many questions, some of which relate to whether concert-goers were given proper notice about the weather, whether fair officials made sure concert attendees knew about the warning and acted upon it, and whether the quality of the seemingly top-heavy stage was of poor design. Ultimately, was there something that the people in charge of the stage and the fair could have done to prevent this accident?

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