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Stage Collapses Killing Five In Storm In Indianapolis

A stage and scaffolding collapses killing five in a storm in Indianapolis at a concert at the state fair, killing five and injuring others, some seriously.

A stage and scaffolding collapses killing five in a storm in Indianapolis at a concert at the state fair, killing five and injuring others, some seriously.

On Saturday night at least five people were killed and another 40 or more were injured during a state fair in Indianapolis when a concert stage collapsed during a sudden gust of wind.

Police reported that four people were killed when the metal scaffolding which was holding the lights for the event fell onto fans in the front of the audience, and other equipment fell too. A fifth person died in hospital overnight. Three of those who died were in their forties and fifties, and the other two in their twenties.

The tragedy occurred during a break in the performance, with Sara Bareilles who is nominated for a Grammy having finished about half an hour before, and the country group Sugarland were due to perform next.

Apparently just minutes before the incident, an announcement had been made that it was possible there could be severe weather and there might have to be an evacuation. Instructions were given as to how to do this evacuation should it be necessary. The police said that monitoring of the weather was going on at the time, and plans to evacuate were beginning but a strong gust of wind toppled the scaffolding before it could be acted upon.

There were reports of head and neck injuries as well as broken bones, and some children were among the injured.

Dan McCarthy, the chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Indiana said that he estimated the wind gusts to be in the 60-67 mph range, and said that they were far stronger near the stage than in other areas of the fair grounds.

Sugarland performers Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have canceled their scheduled Sunday show at the Iowa State Fair because of the disaster.

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