Deadly stage collapse anniversary, several hurt in new incident

By: Newscenter 16/Associated Press Email
By: Newscenter 16/Associated Press Email

In just a few hours the music will go silent and the rides will stop at the Indiana state fair as Hoosiers mark the one year anniversary of the stage collapse tragedy there.

All activities will stop at the fair from 8:46 until 8:50 tonight to honor and remember the 7people killed and dozens injured on August 13, 2011.

That's when high winds sent stage rigging crashing onto fans awaiting a concert by country duo Sugarland.

The tragedy forced changes to the fair this year.

Gone are performances on a temporary stage in front of the grandstand while ticket prices have gone up to pay for losses after the collapse.

A number of lawsuits have been filed by victims' families and survivors while a combined settlement brokered by Attorney General Greg Zoeller with the owner of the stage is pending.

Meanwhile, authorities say several people have been hurt after a stagecoach overturned at the Indiana State Fair.

Fair spokesman Andy Klotz says five people were transported to Methodist Hospital with non-life threatening injuries after the accident Sunday afternoon.

WISH-TV quotes Indiana State Police as saying there are no serious injuries.

The accident involved a six-horse coach making a figure-eight movement inside a ring inside the Pepsi Coliseum.

WISH says the coach was carrying four judges, a fair princess and the fair queen.

People in the stands rushed to the floor of the arena to help the injured.

The accident occurred the day before the one-year anniversary of a stage collapse at the fair that killed seven people and injured dozens of other people.

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