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US Fair Stage Collapses, Killing Five


Indiana State Police and authorities survey the collapsed rigging and Sugarland stage on the infield at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, August 14, 2011

Indiana State Police and authorities survey the collapsed rigging and Sugarland stage on the infield at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, August 14, 2011

The governor of the U.S. midwestern state of Indiana, where five people died in the collapse of a concert stage, says what happened was a "freakish accident" that no one could have anticipated.

Governor Mitch Daniels says precautions were taken prior to the severe storm that caused the stage collapse Saturday at a state fairgrounds in Indianapolis. A gust of wind measured between 96 and 112 kilometers per hour blew down the stage on top of a crowd waiting to hear the country music group Sugarland perform.

More than 40 other people were hurt.

The U.S. National Weather Service warned fair officials that a severe storm was bearing down on the fairgrounds. Officials notified fairgoers about the weather over a public address system, but the governor says no one could have predicted such a powerful wind gust.

Sugarland says it is praying for its fans and for the people of Indianapolis. None of the band members was hurt.

State fairs are a summertime tradition in the United States, featuring rides, games, shows, agriculture and farm animals.

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