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Stage Set To Host Sugarland Collapses, Fans Injured And Killed

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This is incredibly sad, and incredibly scary.

Yet another stage collapse has happened. This time it was due to weather — a huge wind gust — and unfortunately fans were injured and killed in the aftermath.

"People were killed and dozens were injured in the collapse of a stage Saturday night at the Indiana State Fair; the country band Sugarland was due to perform but had not yet gone on stage, the Associated Press reports. The incident occurred about 10 p.m. Eastern time."

Unfortunately there are no specifics numbers as to who was hurt yet.

Our thoughts and hearts go out to those who were injured, and to those who lost their lives. We are so saddened by this tragic event and hope those who survived manage a quick and full recovery.

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25 comments to “Stage Set To Host Sugarland Collapses, Fans Injured And Killed”



  1. 1

    really Perez, you thought it wise to include an ad before showing a video where people die? A new low



  2. 2

    Perez: for future reference, please turn the comments section off when you post stories about tragedies & where innocent lives were lost, as it's fairly safe to assume that insensitive people will come on here to post cruel remarks & try to make lame jokes. It's enough to just report the story without making a forum available for crass & tasteless people. They can make their idiotic remarks to their own friends & families if they want - you shouldn't allow them to have a global platform. This is not about freedom of speech; it's about editorial discretion. Please show some. Thank you.



  3. 3

    Re: GreenEyes00

    Heck, even posting a video in which people die is in poor taste.

    What a horrible thing to happen. Very sad.



  4. 4

    I agree with Meggie - turn off the ability for people to comment. And for the record - Perez is not the ONLY place this video is being shown. I saw it first on MSNBC.



  5. 5

    DID YOU SERIOUSLY JUST HAWK A FUCKING GLEE TRAILER BEFORE SHOWING THIS TRAGEDY??????????? YOU'RE A FUCKING KUNT!



  6. 6

    I live in Indiana, 5 people are dead. 40+ injured, a 60 to 70 mph wind gust hit before the storm.

    The rides at the fair were closed due to the weather and the police said they were preparing to evacuate the grounds, even though the concert goers said differently.



  7. 7

    Is it me or does this seem to be happening ALOT?!! I think this is the 3rd stage collapse that I've heard about over the past few months due to weather. Outdoor venues are fun and depending on where you live they may only work during the summer but come on……I live in SW Ontario and summer storms ARE predictable. There is plenty of warning due to Doplar radar - Indiana is not to far from here and there weather is the same. Just looking at the sky in this pic it is obvious a huge front was coming in….probably packing dangerous lightening and potential tornados too. It amazes me the stupidity of the promoters…standing there crossing their fingers and hoping it passes. THIS DID NOT NEED TO HAPPEN! The concert should have been delayed or cancelled.



  8. 8

    5 dead and 46 injured. 4 died at the scene and 1 died at the hospital this morning. I live here and it was all over the news by 9:30 last night. Very tragic. Praying for all involved.



  9. 9

    Definitely tragic! My heart goes out to everyone affected.

    (Although I have to say…reporting wise, I'm not quite sure why you said "this time"…the stage collapse in Ottawa was weather related as well)



  10. 10

    Such a tragedy.



  11. 11

    pretty tragic. My prayers go out to these people and their families.

  12. yeez says – reply to this


    12

    An ad? Really? Way to profit off of a tragedy, asshole. No wonder you like the Kardashians so much. All of you are trash who are will sell anything, regardless of circumstances, for a quick buck. Disgusting.



  13. 13

    Ads before tragic news videos that show people dying? Also, how could this take Mario over 24 hours for Mario to mention? Unbelievable. It was the top story in the news this time yesterday? He was posting stories about Glee (funnily enough), while the rest of the worlds' media was reporting this terrible tragedy. Country music is obviously off his show business radar. What a dreadfully sad accident. The organizers will probably be attributed blame for not cancelling, but they are always in a very difficult position with unreliable weather reports and thousands of people waiting for a show.



  14. 14

    its really sad to think that the people who had "the best seats in the house" really had the worst seats.



  15. 15

    First off, even the news sites have an ad before the video. Most likely perez's post came as a link from a news affiliate website. Secondly, this is nearly the place nor the time, to be bashing perez for showing a video that has been on all tv networks and even is on the front page of yahoo.com. This is a tragedy with major loss of life and injury. Those of you who have taken the time to complain about something anyone can see ANYWHERE, need to find someplace else to complain. We should be praying for these people and their families in this great tragedy instead of complaining about an ad in a video.



  16. 16

    Welcome to a non-union America, folks.



  17. 17

    I can't believe you would put an advertisement before this video…concert promoters should have checked the forecast and realized it was unsafe for sugarland to perform that night.

  18. @v@ says – reply to this


    18

    That's three now. The one in Ontario had wind gusts twice the force of this one. They need to reexamine the engineering design of these stages, and look at the structural integrity of the steel. Is this steel from America?

  19. Cass says – reply to this


    19

    I'm as pissed off as anyone else about the anti-labor and anti-union actions that abound lately, but this stage was assembled by union tradespeople. It was inspected by the production company, and at this point everything seems to have been done correctly by both workers and the company. The rigging was rated for 60mph winds, while this microburst was probably over 75mph. Maybe these accidents will lead to a redesign with a higher wind rating, which would be safer for staff, fans and talent.



  20. 20

    Am I a horrible person if my first reaction to this was "shit happens"?



  21. 21

    how horrible.Re: Superhot – I agree.



  22. 22

    Re: Jezzikat – definitely.



  23. 23

    This is so sad. We all need to pray for the victims and their families who died and got hurt in this tragic accident. Its a good thing that Sugarland didn't come out or they all would be dead too.



  24. 24

    Such a tragedy.

    @superhot - Summer storms are extremely hard to predict. In hot, humid weather they can pop up out of nowhere, especially if there is a body of water near by. Ignorant comment.



  25. 25

    Re: Beachy_J76 – Lemme Guess…you're a concert promoter? As a person who lives within the Great Lakes Regions I am qualified to tell you that YES storms are tracked and reported. Most times….watches and warnings are issued well in advance….sometimes the storms are nothing more than rain and thunder….sometimes they pack destructive winds. It is ignorant for you to imply that this storm was a "surprise". Unfortunately this kind of ignorance cost lives.