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Five Dead After Stage

Collapses At Sugarland

Show in Indiana

8/13/2011 6:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



Five people are dead and 40 more injured after a stage collapsed tonight at the Indiana State Fair before the country band Sugarland was to perform.

High winds were believed to have been the cause.

A reporter for WANE-TV in Indiana was in the crowd at the time and described what happened like this: "The wind just picked up and the stage just caught and the roof just caught and it went up like a sail and then it crashed forward into the people standing in the front. There were people trapped underneath and everyone was running and screaming. They were asking any medics or nurses not to leave."

Sugarland Stage Collapse

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106.

en Todo Momento!!    

crap! that is freakin horrible. (did they just jire some newly immigrated illegals to build the stage?????!!!!!???!)

1131 days ago
107.

Selena Gomez    

Sugarland is DEAD YES NO MORE COUNTRY MUSIC EVER BY THEM

1130 days ago
108.

Marie    

so sad :(

1130 days ago
109.

angela    

People lives were lost from a very tragic accident. that no one would have guessed the would have happened. my prayers goes out the families of the injured and the lives lost. now to the morons who are trying to funny guess what your not you need to grow up

1130 days ago
110.

Brian    

TMZ can you confirm that Christina Santiago, the Playboy 2003 PMOY, died in this accident? One of the victims identified has the same name, age, and birthplace...

1130 days ago
111.

Keith    

Sugarland really brought down the house at the @ the indystatefair!! They REALLY tore the place apart! Their performance really "killed".

1130 days ago
112.

CarolO    

This is NOT about Sugarland who wasn't even on stage. This is about all those that were affected by being killed and injured and their families. It's getting very annoying when Sugarland continues to get into this story. Did they rush to help those that were hurt or help hold up scaffoldin­g? Or did they run for their bus!

1130 days ago
113.

ghiagal    

A similar event happened at a wedding I attended in Indiana this summer! Thankfully no one was injured at the wedding! Prayers for the people in Indiana! http://www.glamour.com/weddings/blogs/save-the-date/2011/07/a-tornado-ripped-through-this.html

1130 days ago
114.

Teresa Ebaugh-Jennings    

I am finding it hard to understand why there isn't more rage and coverage of collapsed stage at the Indiana Fair. This is the third time this summer a fair has collapsed due to weather. If the officer who appeared on stage five minutes before this happened died; or if anyone in the Sugarland Band had died; their would have been more coverage. ( I am a Sugarland fan) I am not saying this is the band's fault; but better federal regulations for these large stages need to be put in place. Obviously, state to state there are not enough rules and regulations. Any , performer should ask for these regulations; due to their own safety. Will it take a large "star" to lose to their life: before any one takes action. No one really seems to care about the average stage/lighting/sound worker; or the concert ticket holder; who probably scrimped and saved for the ticket. This should be looked at as a serious problem and not a "fluke".

1128 days ago
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