Heavy Winds at Indiana State Fair Cause Concert Stage to Collapse, Killing 5 and Injuring 45
Saturday night’s accident happened when a wind gust estimated at 60 to 70 mph toppled the roof of the stage and the metal scaffolding holding lights and other equipment.
The stage collapsed onto a crowd of concertgoers awaiting a show by the country act Sugarland at the fair's grandstand. Five people died and more than four dozen were injured, some critically.
Among the countless stories of tragedy and heroism borne of Saturday’s catastrophic stage rigging collapse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the story of Maggie’s rescue has touched Hoosiers in a special way. Perhaps because she was so fragile, a little girl in a tutu so eagerly awaiting for her favorites — Sugarland — to appear right before her very eyes.
One concert attendee captured the announcement to the crowd about the weather, moments before the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand collapsed. The video provides chilling insight into what was happening just before the collapse and it is raising more questions Wednesday, as Indiana State Fair officials recount their actions the night disaster struck, killing five people.
Elaborate outdoor concerts amp up safety concerns