Indiana State Fair Tragedy Claims Seventh Life

The Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

A seventh fatality from the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair was confirmed this week. It is unknown how many fans remain hospitalized. Sugarland, who was scheduled to perform at Indiana, resumed its tour over the weekend, opening the first show back on the road with a moment of silence.

Meanwhile, a class-action lawsuit claiming negligence has been filed by against the state of Indiana, promoter Live Nation, and stage rigging company Mid-America Sound Corp. An Indiana judge has ordered the state to preserve the wreckage from the staging in case it is needed for further investigation.

Elsewhere, four people died when a stage collapsed at Belgium’s Pukkelpop music festival last week. Officials claim a fifth was dead before the severe storm hit the site.

Taking extra precautions to prevent another disaster, TMG/AEG Live moved Kenny Chesney’s Sun., Aug. 28 concert at Gillette Stadium near Boston to Fri., Aug. 26, citing “the US National Hurricane Center’s forecast that hurricane-level storms may occur in New England.”

On a tiny positive note, the kidneys of the seventh Indiana victim, a 24-year-old, were donated to others.

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