Five people were killed and dozens more were injured when a stage at the Indiana State Fair collapsed onto concert-goers as they awaited for the band, Sugarland, to perform.
State fair officials were in contact with the National Weather Service in order to determine if the fair grounds should be evacuated because a storm was approaching.
The heavy rain was not supposed to hit the area for another 30 minutes when the stage collapsed due to the 70 mph winds. Officials at the fair made an announcement previous to the collapse that stated that cover should be sought for concert-goers, but never required them to evacuate. It is unknown at this time for emergency sirens sounded.
Nearly 12,000 people surrounded the stage when the collapse occurred and four dozen people were transported to the hospital, some with critical injuries. Four people were pronounced dead on the scene. The fair will reopen Monday, but a moment of silence will be held.
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