A Tragic Week in Live Performance; Two Stages Collapsed, Lives Lost

August 21st, 2011

On August 13th, due to extreme winds, the stage at the Indiana State Fair collapsed, killing five and injuring around 40 people.  The confirmed deceased are Indiana residents Alina Bigjohny of Fort Wayne, Tammy Vandam of Wanatah, and Glenn Goodrich and Nathan Byrd of Indianapolis, as well as Christina Santiago of Chicago.

Sara Bareilles, who had performed just prior to the accident, has released the following statement:

The accident at the Indiana State Fair felt like a bad dream.  The weather changed in a matter of minutes and the stage collapsed in a matter of seconds. We are shocked and saddened by this horribly tragic circumstance and we are all praying for those affected.  The emergency response was incredibly speedy and the people of Indiana as well as the crews from the show were beyond brave and working hard to help each other.  My heart aches for the lives lost or injured as well as their families.  We will do whatever we possibly can to help heal the hurt from this very sad day.

State Officials update the media and public on the tragedy at the Indiana State Fair through a press conference the following day:

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Only five days later, another tragic accident occured at a live music festival, this time at Pukkelpop in Belgium, when a heavy storm uprooted a tree and slammed it into the main stage, causing its collapse.  Five are dead with over 50 people suffering injuries.

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