Stage Collapse at Indiana State Fair

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  1. Death toll reaches 5 in State Fair Sugarland stage collapse | The Indianapolis Star |

    [ame=]Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse! Sugarland Concert - YouTube[/ame]

    Raw video: Amateur video of Indiana stage collapse | Video |
    9:15 a.m.

    State Fair spokesman Andy Klotz confirms a fifth death this morning.
    8:06 a.m.

    Several area hospitals this morning were still treating patients who were injured by collapsed stage rigging at Saturday's Indiana State Fair Grandstand concert.
    Among the five killed and about 40 who were rushed to hospitals after the 8:44 p.m. collapse were fans and stage crew members. Still unclear this morning was the extent of the injuries or the patients' conditions, but at least a handful are reportedly in critical condition or intensive care units. Three children were still being treated at Riley Hospital for Children.

    Family members and friends of the injured are waiting to hear good news, but the Indiana State Police has said more deaths were possible. Outside Methodist Hospital at 6:30 a.m., a stage crew member who worked at Saturday's Sugarland concert said his worst fears had just been confirmed -- his friend, another crew member from Indianapolis, was declared dead just before dawn, he said.

    The report of another fatality has not yet been confirmed by authorities, and the stage crew member declined to be interviewed. He did say his friend had been working up in the rigging when the collapse happened, and was crushed. Both are members of Local 30 of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees.

    Thirteen patients were brought to Methodist following the collapse. IU Health officials did not release patients' conditions this morning, but a statement issued at 6 a.m. said 12 patients were still being treated. Wishard Memorial Hospital, which also received a stead stream of ambulance traffic last night, said it took in 18 patients, all having non-life-threatening injuries.

    Methodist reported another 10 "walk-in" patients, several of whom were still hospitalized. According to WTHR (Channel 13), The Star's newsgathering partner, walk-ins were also reported by Community East Hospital and Wishard.

    WTHR reported that a 17-year-old boy at Methodist has a broken back and his mother says he may never walk again.

    All three patients taken to Riley following the collapse were still hospitalized this morning, IU Health said.

    At Methodist, according to the IU Health statement, about 60 nurses and doctors were on hand last night -- double the 25 to 30 typically working on a Saturday night.

    Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard were touring the State Fairgrounds about 9 a.m.

    Sugarland issued a statement to fans on its website late Saturday: "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."
  2. Better video

    [ame=]Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse - YouTube[/ame]

    Enjoyed the storm as it passed through here in Illinois. Seeing people die in such a manner is frustrating. We care and feel too much to be this fragile.
  3. I bet some architect is getting fired. That thing looked flimsy and top-heavy.
  4. My heart jumped a little when it landed on those people. I truly feel so sad for the ones who died. My thoughts go out to their families.
  5. damn.. what a shitty way to go..those deaths could have easily been prevented
  6. They were just their to have a good time and enjoy their day. It really makes me sad to watch those videos. Just think about it, it could of been anyone in their situation.

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