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article image5 killed, 40 injured after stage collapsed at Indiana State Fair

By Christopher Bates     Aug 14, 2011 in Environment
Indianapolis - In a tragic accident at Indiana State Fair late last night, five people have been confirmed dead after strong winds caused the stage to collapse.
Fans were waiting for country band Sugarland to make their grand entrance, who were scheduled after Sara Bareilles performed "Love Song" to open the event.
It was shortly before 9pm when the stage started to sway in the wind, before it crashed down on the helpless audience.
Not only have five people now been confirmed dead, but a further 40 are injured according to the Indy Star.
A WANE-TV reporter said: "The wind just picked up and the stage just caught and the roof just caught and it went up like a sail and then it crashed forward into the people standing in the front.
"There were people trapped underneath and everyone was running and screaming. They were asking any medics or nurses not to leave."
Sugarland later tweeted: "We are all right. We are praying for our fans, and the people of Indianapolis. We hope you'll join us. They need your strength."
Bareilles also sent her love to everyone involved, tweeting: "I'm speechless and feel so helpless. Please send love and prayers to Indianapolis tonight. My heart aches for the lives lost."
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