Posted in music on August 15, 2011

Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fair reopened Monday with a public memorial service for five people killed when a concert stage collapsed during a storm.

The fairgrounds were closed Saturday night following the accident, which occurred shortly before the country music duo Sugarland was to take the stage before an audience of about 12,000.

"While we will never forget this horrific event and those who perished, may we Hoosiers find the courage to unify, rebuild and re-emerge with a stronger heart," said Indiana first lady Cheri Daniels, who attended Saturday's concert and was one of several speakers at Monday's ceremony.

Audience members at the service honored victims with a moment of silence and later sang "Amazing Grace."
Officials Monday were focusing on grieving with victims and beginning repairs to get the fair back underway, Gov. Mitch Daniels told CNN.

"Our first instinct in Indiana is not to go rushing around, looking for scapegoats. It's to take care of business, take care of those who've been hurt and then, of course ... study to see if something could have done better and learn any necessary lessons," he said.

On Sunday he described the stage's collapse as a "freakish accident."

"I'm not saying that we're not going to find many things that could have been done differently," Daniels told CNN Monday. "I'm only saying that I know the people who run this operation. They think safety all the time, and I know that their hearts are broken that, in this case, this event took place as it did." [CNN]

Video of the tragic stage collapse, and of the press conference that happened on Sunday, below...

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Comments (31)

BV, for the love of god, please turn comments off on this one...

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 11:52 AM

Please think about the affected families before you decide to submit some heartless BS comment.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 11:55 AM

seriously, that video of the collapse needs to be taken down. That really is tragic and extremely disturbing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 11:56 AM

Tragic. This will definitely make me think twice before standing close to the stage if it ever gets windy at a show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 11:57 AM

Viva Curtis Mayfield!

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 11:58 AM

This happened in Oklahoma for Flaming Lips, now in Indiana for some country band.

Promoters when there's a forecast for thunderstorm....cancel the show.

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 11:58 AM

Fuck

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 12:03 PM

this happened to cheap trick as well. is the same company designing all these stages? this has never happened this frequently in one summer. scary shit

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 12:05 PM

I rather be dead than have Sugarland canceled.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 12:05 PM

disable comments before too many trolls come out from under their bridges!

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 12:17 PM

oh boy...

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 12:18 PM

Ugh. I just saw that kind of stage described as basically a giant box kite. That sort of thing should be taken into account when they decide whether or not to cancel on account of weather.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 12:18 PM

"Our first instinct in Indiana is not to go rushing around, looking for scapegoats. It's to take care of business, take care of those who've been hurt and then, of course ... study to see if something could have done better and learn any necessary lessons"

Seriously, dude? That statement would be a whole lot more meaningful, had it not come from the organization that hired the guys who built the stage..

Posted by a | August 15, 2011 12:23 PM

My thoughts are with those who were killed and injured by this horrific event. I also feel horrible for Sugarland. I gotta imagine that they must be freaking out right now.. they are so lucky that this didn't happpen minutes later when they were scheduled to be performing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 12:40 PM

The fact that only 2 of these comments are awful has restored my faith in humanity.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 12:43 PM

Just awful and so devastatingly sad. Deepest thoughts and prayers to the affected families.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 12:47 PM

Actually, none of the comments are really that awful by BV standards.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 12:49 PM

This is why these type of shows should not be rain/shine. I hope they sue the sh!t out of the promoter and the company that built the stage.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 12:55 PM

fuck the wind. It was a design flaw. Look at it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 1:07 PM

Isn't this what they call Tornado Alley? Freak accident maybe, but that stage looks pretty flimsy by any standard. I guess the promoters were to cheap to hire a proper engineer.

HERE COME THE LAWSUITS.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 1:13 PM

That video was emotionally wrecking. I can't even imagine what it would be like to see that happen before your eyes. Similar to the eyewitness video (audio?) released by the guy who taped his encounter with the Joplin tornado holed up in that supermarket with a bunch of people, children included, who were accepting their death.

My deepest condolensces to those who lost loved ones and friends, and to the Sugarland fans who attended the show and wound up helping pull people from the rubble.....you guys are fucking heros.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 2:02 PM

2:02 you're totally right. You can see people seconds after it fell running to the rubble with little disregard for their own safety. Upon events like this; as tragic and awful as they are, it's a true testament to the human spirit..

RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 2:24 PM

This is incredibly sad and absolutely devastating! RIP

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 2:40 PM

That first video is terrifying and horrible, i can't imagine what it was like to be there, those poor people.

The main stage rigger did not do his job correctly...that stage was a deathtrap

Posted by Slob | August 15, 2011 3:27 PM

thats the worst thing ever. scary

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 3:54 PM

Jesus. That is an extremely disturbing video. I'm surprised it's still viewable and that Google has not taken it down.

Think it's pretty bad it's on this site too..

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:24 PM

I don't often pray, but I am now for all the fallen gargonzola beans or the crushed pita chips.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:33 PM

Being from Indiana and having been to that fair a couple times when I was younger and seeing how lax they were with safety, I'm honestly shocked that something like this didn't happen sooner. Sad stuff, indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:34 PM

In the time between the stage collapsing and my writing this, a few thousand people, most of them children, have starved to death in Somalia.

2 points of note:

1 - most of you are not from Somalia, where are many of you are from Indiana. So, all the comments about this.

2 - in spite of the hothouse of devout Islam practiced in Somalia and the Muslim crescent (Egypt, Saudi, Kuwait, Dubai, UAE, etc) where are the Muslim charities bringing relief to these suffering children? They don't have the money, from controlling and selling the majority of the world's oil? too busy building palaces, and funding Wahhabi madrases all over the world?

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:59 PM

entirely different topic 4:59

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 5:34 PM

the structure of the stages that been falling down seem an accident waiting to happen..

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 8:07 PM

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