Five Dead And Dozens Injured When Stage Collapses At Sugarland Concert (UPDATED)

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UPDATE (8/14/11 @ 1:00 p.m.): WTHR has reported that a fifth person has been confirmed dead. [WTHR]

UPDATE (11:43 p.m.): WTHR is now reporting that four people are confirmed deceased, and another 46 injured. [@breakingnews]

Tonight, Indianapolis’ NBC affiliate WTHR is reporting that four three people were killed and dozens more injured when the stage collapsed moments before country superstars Sugarland were scheduled to perform in concert at the Indiana State Fair. A wind shear is believed to have been the cause of collapse of the stage rigging, which fell onto concertgoers standing in the “Sugarpit,” an area filled with the band’s most rabid fans. Amateur video of the stage collapsing was posted to YouTube; we have the disturbing footage for you above.

The Grammy Award winning band, who performed at our 2010 VH1 Divas Salute The Troops, quickly responded to the tragedy on the official Sugarland website:

Your prayers needed.

We are all right after our stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair tonight. Many of our fans and friends in Indianapolis may not be. Please keep them in your thoughts, prayers, or whatever form of strength you are able to send. They need you. Thank you.

This is the third major stage collapse to occur at a concert in the last month. On July 18, a stage collapsed after a Cheap Trick performance at the Ottawa Bluesfest, resulting in a handful of hospitalizations. Then, just this past weekend, a Flaming Lips performance was canceled when their stage collapsed due to gusting winds.

Our condolences go out to all of the families who were affected by this horrible tragedy.

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Your Prayers Needed [Sugarland]
Stage rigging collapse kills 3 at Indiana State Fair [MSNBC]

  1. Lucy Blume says:

    This is the second time something like this has happened this year…. I really hope the injured are going to be alright.

  2. Vidipt says:

    Its shameful to all the concert directors this incident will make many families angry and whom so ever is responsible for this He / She should be ashamed of themselves 3 innocent people who were Just having fun unfortunately lost their lives…………………….

  3. ken says:

    when this happend i was at my opry house at the northtown opry my friend ashley snow wrote on facebook about this

  4. jessica says:

    this is sad n scary to see this video but my concern is this is the 3rd time i mean whats going on something needs to be fixed or improved obviously RIP TO THOSES WHO WERE LOST TRAGIC

  5. Laurie Asjes says:

    I am very saddened to hear about this terrible news. Sugarland is my favorite group. I just saw them on T.V., a couple of days ago playing at the fox in Atlanta. I will definitely be praying for all those who are injured and for the families that lost their four loved ones! I hope Jenifer Nettles, her partner, and the musicians in her group are safe! god Bless You all !

  6. Nicole Ross says:

    sorry this happened my condolences go out to the victims families

  7. sunny says:

    Please pray for all,. If there is anything myself and our family can do , please let us know. OUR PRAYERS OUR WITH YOU ALL!