Five Dead And Dozens Injured When Stage Collapses At Sugarland Concert (UPDATED)

by (@unclegrambo)

UPDATE (8/14/11 @ 1:00 p.m.): WTHR has reported that a fifth person has been confirmed dead. [WTHR]

UPDATE (11:43 p.m.): WTHR is now reporting that four people are confirmed deceased, and another 46 injured. [@breakingnews]

Tonight, Indianapolis’ NBC affiliate WTHR is reporting that four three people were killed and dozens more injured when the stage collapsed moments before country superstars Sugarland were scheduled to perform in concert at the Indiana State Fair. A wind shear is believed to have been the cause of collapse of the stage rigging, which fell onto concertgoers standing in the “Sugarpit,” an area filled with the band’s most rabid fans. Amateur video of the stage collapsing was posted to YouTube; we have the disturbing footage for you above.

The Grammy Award winning band, who performed at our 2010 VH1 Divas Salute The Troops, quickly responded to the tragedy on the official Sugarland website:

Your prayers needed.

We are all right after our stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair tonight. Many of our fans and friends in Indianapolis may not be. Please keep them in your thoughts, prayers, or whatever form of strength you are able to send. They need you. Thank you.

This is the third major stage collapse to occur at a concert in the last month. On July 18, a stage collapsed after a Cheap Trick performance at the Ottawa Bluesfest, resulting in a handful of hospitalizations. Then, just this past weekend, a Flaming Lips performance was canceled when their stage collapsed due to gusting winds.

Our condolences go out to all of the families who were affected by this horrible tragedy.

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Your Prayers Needed [Sugarland]
Stage rigging collapse kills 3 at Indiana State Fair [MSNBC]