Winds measusring over 60mph are blamed for causing the disaster
Five people are confirmed dead and at least 40 are known to be injured after the stage collapsed at an outdoor concert in Indiana yesterday (August 13), reports The Indianapolis Star.
The event was the Indiana State Fair, which was set to feature country music act Sugarland as its main attraction, but ended suddenly at 9pm local time when gusts of winds which measured at over 60 miles per hour flattened the stage. The structure collapsed right into where the audience were situated, you can watch a citizen shot video of the incident by scrolling down to the bottom and clicking.
Local police officer Sgt. Dave Bursten confirmed that the wounded were being treated in local hospitals, but also made it clear that there “could be other deaths”.
According to Dave Lindquist, a reporter for The Indianapolis Star and eyewitness, the stage fell directly on top of some audience members. He said: “The gust of wind came, there was no rain yet and the production fell from left to right. And you could clearly see people were under the footprint of the rigging.”
The concert was part of the Indiana State Fair, which has been cancelled today as a mark of respect. It is expected to resume on Monday with a public service to honour the victims.
Singer Sara Bareilles, who had performed earlier in the day, paid tribute to the victims, writing on her Twitter page: “I’m speechless and feel so helpless. Please send love and prayers to Indianapolis tonight. My heart aches for the lives lost.”