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Stage Collapses at Sugarland Concert in Indiana, Killing Five

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A massive and sudden gust of wind prompted the stage at last night's Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair to collapse onto the audience, killing at least five people and injuring more than 40. "All the scaffolding and speakers, all that came crashing down," said one witness at the event, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. "The stage just snapped like a toothpick," said another. The fair's executive director, Cindy Hoye, expressed her regret, telling reporters, "It's a very sad day at the state fair, and our hearts are really breaking." Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels also mourned the tragedy, calling it a "freakish accident." Unfortunately, such incidents have become less freakish in recent weeks: A Cheap Trick concert suffered a similar fate in July, as did a Flaming Lips show just last week. [CNN, RS]

Photo: Matt Kryger/Indianapolis Star