Skip to comments.Stage rigging collapse kills 4 at Indiana State Fair
Posted on 08/13/2011 7:37:18 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
Stage rigging collapsed after a storm gust Saturday night, trapping and injuring at least a dozen people at a concert at the Indiana State Fair, NBC station WTHR reported.
The outdoor stage was set up for the Sugarland concert at the state fairgrounds.
Medics and rescue crews throughout Indianapolis were converging on the State Fairgrounds after Hoosier Lottery Grandstand stage rigging fell.
Dave Lindquist, music journalist for The Indianapolis Star, reported on Twitter, "Tragedy at fair concert. Entire stage collapses on track." He also wrote that "perhaps a dozen injured people have been removed from track on stretcher-type boards."
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I’ve been listening to the scanner audio. 24 people have been transported, several more are being transported.
Indy Star is reporting four dead.
Video from the scene shortly after the event...
video showing the actual collapse. It’s blurry, but shows the incident.
Prayers for those involved
Prayers for the victims.
That looked pretty bad...
Storm front rolled thru ...
Hey! This is awful Same thin happened to Cheap Trick in Ottawa, nobody killed though.
I guess you have to be careful with temporary stage structures.
Terrible for the folks on stage, awful for the crowd, who can see it happening yet can’t do anything.
Let the lawsuits begin!
As well they should. There is no excuse for this incident.
Half-assed stage rigging. Such things have been errected for decades now. A stage collapse nearly killed Cheap Trick and their crew at a show in Canada last month.
The stages probably made in China and erected by people that don’t speak English... /partial_sark
Was the stage set up by union laborers?
Serious wind surge on the front. I was just finishing grilling a steak when it hit. Plants on the deck were tipping over and it darn near blew out the gas grill.
Morning update: 4 possibly 5 killed, 44 injured, at least 10 in critical per the Indianapolis Star.
OK, per WISH-TV 5 killed, “Other deaths expected”
For those not familiar with the venue, the stage is quite a distance from the covered grandstand. The section in between is the straightaway of the old dirt race track. Folding chairs and standing areas are sectioned off on this dirt area.
The part that collapsed was the canopy over the stage which also has lighting and a video screen. Basically steel trusses covered by tarps.
Commendable work by spectators helping in the rescue, both extraction of the wounded and medical personnel in the crowd assisting with triage and emergency aid.
Huh? It was an act of God. That like saying no one should have died during Katrina.
It was an act of God combined with incompetent Union stage hands rigging, local 30
Gov. Daniels wife and daughter were behind the stage when it collapsed.
The Gov. praised Hoosiers, noting that hundreds instinctively ran TOWARDS the danger to help, instead of away. He was near tears when he said this.
It’s really too bad this man won’t be President.
Clear video of the tragedy:
What is the update on this? MrR and I are praying for those hurt and the families of the injured and dead.
5 confirmed dead now as per drudge.
WHOA!!!! That was insane!!!
A horrible, horrible tragedy. Prays are up.
It’s so nice when an unspeakable tragedy fits so nicely into our political agenda, isn’t it?
Five people dead, at least one of them a “Mexican/union” crew member. Others horribly injured, and some of them may die as well - and judging from the event they were attending, it is very likely that some of them carry a union ticket.
News flash: this is Indiana in early August. There are such things as thunderstorms, and at times they’ve been known to involve dangerous straight line winds. These winds a few years back caused substantial damage to one of the skyscrapers downtown, and so the fact that they blew over a relatively light structure like a stage is not at all shocking.
This was a terrible calamity at a venue that’s already seen its share of disasters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepsi_Coliseum). Let’s concentrate on praying for the victims and their families rather than on torturing the event into our narrow worldview.
Stage crewman bump.
I rather enjoy my “narrow world view”.
I believe I’ll keep it.
Radar loop from Weather Underground: http://radblast-sf.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/radar/WUNIDS_composite_archive?centerlat=39.71722412¢erlon=-86.29416656&radius=124&newmaps=1&type=N0R&type2=TR0&num=1&SD.epoch=1313208000&ED.epoch=1313294400&DELAY=60&delay=20&width=640&height=480
From I could see from the video there where NO support cables stretching from the outside corner towers to keep them stable.
The sound and light company who owns that stage are in DEEP sh*t!