The death toll from the stage rigging collapse at a concert at the Indiana State Fair over the weekend already stands at five. Authorities believe the toll could rise further, because there is little information about the condition of some of the injured people.
The tragedy occurred on Saturday night when people at the Indiana State Fair grounds were waiting for a concert by country music group Sugarland, to begin. A storm was approaching, and the rigging had been buffeted by strong winds for a while. According to police, they had taken the approaching storm and dark clouds into consideration, and had been discussing a decision to evacuate the concert to another building. The concertgoers had been informed about this. However, before they could begin the evacuation, the metal scaffolding collapsed on unwary concertgoers.
Four people were confirmed dead immediately, and the fifth person died overnight at the hospital. According to the official figures, 45 persons were injured. However, many people chose to visit emergency rooms on their own, without any assistance from rescue personnel. This has made the official injury toll difficult to determine.
The Indiana State Fair has shut down all concerts and other programs scheduled until Monday. The Governor has already spoken about the tragedy, saying that there was no way to prevent this disaster because it was caused by strong winds. However, from news accounts, it seems that everybody at the stage grounds were acutely aware of the looming storm, especially the strong winds that were between 60 and 70 mph. More facts about this tragedy will only emerge after a complete investigation.
The Indiana personal injury lawyers at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson and Kennedy represent persons who have been injured due to the negligence of others.