Sunday, August 14, 2011

At least four dead and up to 40 hurt as stage collapses onto screaming crowd at Indiana State Fair in 60mph winds - 14th Aug 2011

These images capture the horrifying moment as four people were killed and a dozen injured as a stage collapsed during a storm last night at the Indiana State Fair.

Strong winds caused the stage rigging for the outdoor concert to collapse at the fairground in Indianapolis.

Fans were trapped and injured in the incident shortly before 9pm as country music band Sugarland were about to perform.

Emergency crews were called to the scene and workers are setting up a command centre to tend to those who were injured.

Thousands of concert-goers were being evacuated to a nearby building because of high winds of up to 60 mph (96 km/h) when the rigging for the stage fell onto the track where some were seated.

'It was like it was in slow motion,' concert-goer Amy Weathers told the Indianapolis Star. 'You couldn't believe it was actually happening.' Read More