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Sunday, 14 August 2011

Tragic Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse Kills Five



Tragic Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse: Five people were killed and at least 45 were injured when an “isolated significant wind gust” caused a stage setup at the Indiana State Fair to collapse. State Police 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten said the number of fatalities may rise.

Gov. Mitch Daniels said in a conference call to discuss emergency response that he believes the State Fair’s preparedness measures were adequate, calling the collapse a “freakish accident.” The Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration will be conducting an investigation of the incident alongside the State Fire Marshal.

Country music duo Sugarland were set to perform when State Police special operations commander Brad Weaver and the fair’s Executive Director Cindy Hoye made the decision to evacuate the crowd. Moments later, however, WLHK program director Bob Richards told the crowd the show was still on, though preparations should be made to find shelter in case the weather took a turn for the worse.

The collapse occurred seconds later.

The fair is closed today, but will reopen tomorrow. A public remembrance in honor of the victims will be held tomorrow morning at 9 AM.

21 comments:

  1. I just saw the videos a couple of hours ago. Shocking! O_o :S

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  2. this is horrible, I hate to think how the poor families of all those people are coping

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  3. I saw this before on another blog so I'll just repeat that I'm sorry for the losses, and that it is quite lucky no one was on the stage at the time.

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  4. That's tragic. The fair should remain closed in my opinion.

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  5. that really sucks, i have friend in that area. gonna have to check to see of they are ok.

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  6. Ah man, this is just awful. Best wishes to everyone involved, of course.

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  7. Yikes, good to see the people rushing to help those caught unawares though.

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  8. My heart goes out to their familes... Poor people...

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  9. God, that's just terrible...

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  10. Ouch, sad and awful :/
    Best wishes to everyone²

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  11. Geez, that is very tragic. Thinking your going to a concert and then you die. Very sad. Follow +1

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  12. It is so horrible when things like this happen.

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  13. Eh, its whatever. Only 5 people died. When OSHA finishes its investigation we'll find out what happened

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  14. I remember seeing that on the news, how aweful.

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  15. Holy crap...That's really scary. It's amazing that a simple gust of wind caused it...

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