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Stage collapses at Indiana State Fair before Sugarland show

August 13, 2011 |  8:16 pm


A stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair moments before the county band Sugarland was to perform, killing at least three people and injuring others, according to the Indianapolis Star and the Associated Press.

Strong winds sweeping through the fairgrounds about 9 p.m. may have caused the stage rigging to collapse, according to the Star

Emergency crews were evacuating concertgoers and were attempting to rescue others trapped beneath the rigging, the newspaper reported.

Photos: Deadly state collapse at the Indiana State Fair

This YouTube video, above, was uploaded moments after the collapse. It shows the stage tumbling forward on top of fans and the chaos afterward. "Oh my God, Oh my God," one woman can be heard saying.

Shortly after the accident, Sugarland tweeted: "We are all right. We are praying for our fans, and the people of Indianapolis. We hope you will join us. They need our strength."

Photos: Deadly stage collapse

Concertgoer Amy Weathers told the newspaper that "it was like in slow motion. You couldn't believe it was actually happening."


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