Stage collapses at Indiana State Fair before Sugarland concert, kills 4


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High winds caused the collapse of a stage at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday just before country duo Sugarland was set to take the stage for their headline performance, killing four and injuring 40.

UPDATE: State Fair spokesman Andy Klotz confirmed a fifth death to the Indianapolis Star on Sunday morning. A press conference is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. CT.

The band tweeted their regrets on their official Twitter account shortly after the news broke. “We are all right. We are praying for our fans, and the people of Indianapolis. We hope you’ll join us. They need your strength,” they wrote.

Sara Bareilles, who is currently on tour with Sugarland, had just finished her set at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand stage before the collapse and also reacted on Twitter. “I’m speechless and feel so helpless. Please send love and prayers to Indianapolis tonight. My heart aches for the lives lost,” she wrote.

Janet Jackson is set to perform at the 17-day fair on Aug. 17, Train and Maroon 5 are scheduled for Aug. 18, and Lady Antebellum for Aug. 19. The fair has not said whether those concerts will continue as scheduled.

An attendee caught the collapse on camera.

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  • Sue Mantell

    OMG This is dreadful my prayers r with those hurt and families of those killed, as well as all those that must be traumatised from witnessing such a thing

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  • Cameron J

    Tragedy respected, I have to thank EW for deleting the atrocious comment wall. My love and unshakable optimism that things will one day get better goes to the families of the victims. …:/ cos :) doesn’t feel quite right.

  • Hildegard Brumolowski

    Bottom left of photo. There’s your typical country fan. Can you imagine her eating of all things, and at a time like that? Just look at her. That is what’s sad.

    • RaRa

      First, why are you posting under two different names, and second, I don’t see anyone eating or acting inappropriately. My positive thoughts to the injured and the victims’ families.

  • Zachary Wojohowicz

    Bottom left of photo. There’s your typical country fan. Can you imagine her eating of all things, and at a time like that? Just look at her. That is what’s sad.


    all my prayers will be with the family who lost loved ones and to the ones who were injured and the folks who witnessed such a disaster and also to the band sugarland… god bless yall

    ashley holloway

  • briaunna

    Sorry that have to fans of sugarland I worder how do the band of sugarland feel? I am fan too i love that song the name of that song is already gone and that song the name that aother is stay.

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