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    Default Stage Rigging Collapses at Indiana State Fair Concert. Four Dead.

    High winds are to blame.

    Check out the phone-cam footage. Scary!



    INDIANAPOLIS - Four people were reportedly killed when a stage collapsed at a concert at the Indiana State Fair.

    At least a dozen others were injured in the accident. Nine of the victims were transported to Wishard Hospital with more expected. All on-duty personnel on the IU-Wishard campus have been called to Wishard to assist.

    The stage was set up for the Sugarland concert at the state fairgrounds. Rigging for the stage lighting reportedly fell around 8:50 p.m., before the main act took the stage.

    Charlie Morgan from Hank FM, which sponsored the concert, believes it was wind shear that caused the collapse.

    He says the people in the "Sugarpit", the area just in front of the stage, had closest access and bore the brunt of the falling rigging.

    "I did not personally witness people leaving that area prior to the stage coming down," he said.

    "It was the most traumatic thing I've ever seen," said Crystal Wilbur, witness.

    "Everybody just came in together as a team," she said, describing a scene where hundreds of people rushed in to help lift the heavy equipment off the injured.

    "When the stage collapsed, it missed my foot by about a foot and a half," said a man who was at the concert. After making sure his girlfriend was all right, he said the first thing they did was try to lift the scaffolding off people who were trapped.

    "It's the way it fell. There were many people that were trapped underneath it but it didn't land on everybody."

    Another concertgoer, Emily Davis, said that officials mentioned an evacuation plan, but never made an announcement to leave the scene. She said the accident happened very fast.

    "They said, if need be, this is what we're going to do and somebody will come back out and tell you, but they didn't have time to come back out and tell us," she said.

    Police and fire crews believe they had everyone moved from the grandstand about an hour after the accident. A triage unit was set up near the Hoosier Lottery exhibit at the fair. Other victims are also being transported to at least two area hospitals.

    Several ambulances could be seen entering and leaving the area.

    Fair and emergency officials are planning a news conference for shortly after 10 p.m.

    Dave Lindquist, music journalist for The Indianapolis Star, reported on Twitter shortly after the accident, "Tragedy at fair concert. Entire stage collapses on track." He also wrote that "perhaps a dozen injured people have been removed from track on stretcher-type boards."

    Eyewitness News' Chuck Lofton reported from the scene that evacuation efforts were in place before the stage collapsed. High winds may have played a role in the collapse.

    Photographer John Duong said at 9:30 p.m. that there were still people trapped under the stage that had collapsed.







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    Here's the video of it happening:








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    Thats horrible. Prayers out to those folks.
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    WOW...UNREAL!!!

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    Wow.And it could have been worst if people panicked and stampeded. Very sad.
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    I feel sick after watching and hearing about this.
    Very sad!!

    This is the 2nd time in a month this has happened.

    Happened at a Cheap Trick show last month.
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    Amazing only four people died the way that thing fell...that's terrible.
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    Clear footage. Terrible.

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    who in the hell is designing and building this things were this is gonna happen? Just insane.

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    That's just terrible. High wind or not, this sort of thing seems to be happening more often. JB mentioned the Cheap Trick show, and there was another full collapse before that. They refuse to perform at our PNE because the stage is built by the same company where their stage collapsed as well as the prior collapses and rigging failures. Also more locally, a huge section of lighting fell from scaffolding almost landing on the crowd. Again. by the same company.
    Anyone know who designed/built this stage?

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    Picked up a copy of the Indianapolis Star this morning. It has a timeline that goes like this:


    4:45 p.m. Saturday: The National Weather Service issues a warning for Marion and other counties: "Thunderstorms may be severe with damaging winds and large hail as the main threats." Times are approximate:

    8:15 p.m.: Sara Bareilles, opening act of the concert at the Grandstand, finishes her set by noting it's a beautiful night.

    8:43 p.m.: The storm is looming. State Police special operations commander Brad Weaver and executive fair director Cindy Hoye decide it's time to evacuate the crowd to shelter. But WLHK program director Bob Richards announces that main act Sugarland will begin as planned, at 8:45 p.m. He advises that if the storm gets bad, fairgoers should seek shelter at the Pepsi Coliseum and the Swine Barn.

    8:44 p.m.: A gust of the wind topples the rigging above the Grandstand stage.



    Sure looks like Bob Richards is going to find himself a head shorter soon.







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    Wow. I know these guys. I'm sure this is an important contract for them. Probably not a good idea to call them today and ask how their weekend is going.







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    Quote Originally Posted by Wruff_ajax View Post
    Clear footage. Terrible.

    Holy crap! That is scary to watch. It looks like a lot of people were spared because they were leaving in a hurry when the weather kicked up. Look at the people flooding away to the left!!! That probably saved dozens of them.
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    Holy shit, could you imagine if that happened during the show, or even when the lighting guys were getting up in place just before the show. That would have been one hell of a ride down for them. It is amazing more people didn't die.
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