Four People Dead After Stage Collapse
More deaths are expected after 40 people were injured during US festival…
At least four people have died after a stage collapsed during a gig by country music actSugarland.
The stage came down in a storm as the country duo were midway through their headlining set at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.
Over 40 people were injured, some of them children, after they were caught under the wreckage. The incident has been blamed on winds of up to 60mph, which brought the stage down in seconds.
Witnesses described seeing some of the 12,000-strong audience run for their lives as the rigging collapsed and fell into the front rows of the crowd. One concert-goer told the BBC: "It was the worst thing I have witnessed in my life. We could see the sky get really dark and there was lightning and thunder.
“It almost seemed like a hurricane hit out of nowhere,” he continued. “The stage just leaned to the right and crashed down. It felt to me like it was in slow motion. Everyone was scrambling and it was horrifying because you knew people were underneath it.”
Another witness said: "You could see a lot of people panicking. All the scaffolding and speakers - all that came crashing down - and the whole stand just collapsed."
Audience members helped rescue workers lift up parts of the wreckage to free trapped victims, many of whom were in the VIP section.