State of Indiana agrees settlement with Sugarland stage collapse victims

$5 million in compensation to be paid out to those affected by accident

The state of Indiana has reached a settlement on its lawsuit with the victims of the Sugarland stage collapse.

In August this year, the Indiana State Fair tragedy saw seven people killed before a gig from the American country duo, after a storm with winds of up to 7mph caused the stage to collapse.

Indianapolis’s KRTV reports that the state has now agreed to pay a total of $5 million (£3.22 million) to victims of the accident, which 63 of the 65 claimants in the lawsuit have accepted. Each of the estates of those who died in the stage collapse will be given $300,000 (£193,314), with the remaining money to be split between the 58 injured parties.

Last month, 48 of the survivors from the incident launched a lawsuit against Sugarland, who they claimed could have prevented the stage from collapsing by cancelling the show.

The band hosted a free show in Indianapolis in October to honour those affected by the accident. In the aftermath of the August show, Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles had said: “There are no words to process a moment of this magnitude and gravity.

“There are only prayers for peace in the hearts of the bereft, and prayers of thanksgiving for those who were spared or safe.”