The victims and families of those killed in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse have filed a lawsuit against those associated with the production of the show which includes Sugarland.
The August 13 tragedy injured 44 people and left seven dead after strong 60 mph winds ripped down the stage and smashed into the crowd just before Sugarland was about to perform. According to the suit, the band had the final say on whether or not the show would go on. Attorneys representing at least 20 law firms throughout Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky filed the complaint citing breach of reasonable care to the victims. One plaintiff is seeking amends based on the fact that the accident could have been prevented. Others are asking for help with medical bills and other expenses due to the tragedy.
The lawsuit names stage riggers, producers and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush as the ones to blame for not providing a safe concert experience and by not cancelling the event when the weather turned bad.
The 2011 Country Music Association Awards hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, were held Wednesday night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Taylor Swift took home the night’s biggest honor – Entertainer of the Year – while The Band Perry took home three awards, including New Artist of the Year. See the complete list of winners below.
Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
Album of the Year: “My Kinda Party” by Jason Aldean
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
New Artist of the Year: The Band Perry
Single of the Year: “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
Song of the Year: “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
Video of the Year: “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert
Music Video of the Year: “You and Tequila” by Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter
Musical Event of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson
Country duo Sugarland and singer Sara Bareilles have escaped unscathed after a powerful storm caused the stage at the Indiana State Fair to collapse on Saturday night (Aug 13), killing four people.
The tragic event, which occurred as fans waited for Sugarland to perform, followed an announcement by concerned organisers who warned that a storm was advancing.
It’s claimed the dust bowl smashed into the scaffolding and rigging, raining steel and dirt into the terrified audience. Winds were estimated between 60 and 70 miles-per-hour (96 to 112 kilometres-per-hour).
Four people died during the tragedy and 40 people were injured – many of them from the VIP section near the stage. Indiana State Police Sergeant Dave Bursten added that some of those injured were in “very serious” condition and conceded it was a “very likely possibility” that the death toll could mount.
Sunday’s (Aug 14) activities have been scrapped, but the fair is expected to resume on Monday (Aug 15) with a service to honour the victim’s of Saturday’s disaster. The Indiana State fair runs until 21 August (11).
Sugarland, who were due to headline the event, have taken to their Twitter.com page to express their condolences.
In a message to fans, they write, “We are all right. We are praying for our fans, and the people of Indianapolis. We hope you’ll join us. They need your strength.” And Bareilles, who had performed on the stage earlier, tweeted, “I’m speechless and feel so helpless. Please send love and prayers to Indianapolis tonight. My heart aches for the lives lost.”