Ind. fair exec shadowed by tragedy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A top Indiana State Fair official at the center of a deadly stage collapse last year says she is haunted by the tragedy, but determined to help the fair move forward as it prepares for its Aug. 3 opening.

Indiana State Fair Commission Executive Director Cindy Hoye says she follows the victims' stories but hasn't spoken to them or their families for legal reasons.

Hoye is a key witness in lawsuits surrounding the Aug. 13, 2011, collapse before a concert by country duo Sugarland. Critics say she should have acted sooner to evacuate the thousands gathered as a storm approached.

A months-long investigation faulted the fair for inadequate safety protocols and failure to clearly establish who could cancel shows. Hoye says a new policy in place will be reviewed regularly.

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