wind collapses indiana stage, killing five
Dan McCarthy, Indiana National Weather Service chief meteorologist, said the wind is far stronger than the rest of the playground.
He estimated the gust to be 96 to 113 k/ph.
The governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, said on Sunday that precautions had been taken before the storm, but no one could foresee such a strong gust concentrated in one place.
Some witnesses said that while storms were expected, the rain had not yet begun to fall when the wind dropped the stage rigging into a panic crowd of fans.
\"This is the best event of its kind in the United States, this is the best event we have ever had, and as far as I know, this extremely sad event will not change that,\" Daniels said.
Indiana State Police 1st Sgt Dave Bursten said four people were killed when metal scaffolding with lights and other stage equipment collapsed and the fifth died overnight in the hospital.
The county coroner\'s office confirmed that the victim was Alina Bigjohny of Fort Wayne, 23;
29 by Christine Santiago, Chicago;
Tammy Vandam, 42, from Wanatah;
Two residents of Indiana: 49-year-
Old Glen Goodrich and 51year-Old Nathan Bird
Bird died overnight. Forty-
Five people were taken to the hospital, and some may have gone alone, Bursten said.
The Indiana University Health Department said 12 of the 26 people treated in the hospital were still there, 3 of whom were treated in the Children\'s Hospital.
It does not provide information about their situation.
Dr. Dean Silas, who lives in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, Illinois, said in a telephone interview on Sunday that some people died immediately.
He said he sat in the stands and reached the damaged area within five minutes.
He saw three bodies covered in plastic.
Silas said 75 to 100 people at the show immediately started to help.
He said it would take 20 to 25 minutes to rescue the trapped.
He and others carried some of the injured to the triage area under the stands on a temporary stretcher.
He estimated that it would take 10 minutes for the first ambulance to arrive and began coordinating emergency medical work.
Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles sent a statement to The Associated Press via her manager saying she was \"horrified\" to watch the crash on the news.
\"I was very moved,\" she said . \"
\"Moved by the sadness of those families who lost their loved ones.
Moved by the pain of those injured and the fear of their families.
I was moved by the great heroism when I saw so many brave Indiana fans really running to the stage to try to help lift and save those injured.
Moved by the speed and organization of emergency rescue workers, they set up triage and took care of the injured.
Nettles and Kristian Bush canceled their Sunday show at the Iowa fair.
Jason Owen, Sugarland manager, asked the Fair officials about the accident and said in an email, \"This is their stage and lighting, so it\'s not right for us to comment \".
Fair director Cindy Hoy said it\'s too early to talk about who is responsible for the stage and its manipulation because the investigation is just beginning but she has confidence in the medium term
An American company with a stage. Mid-
The United States did not respond to the message left on Sunday.
The Indiana State Police released a timetable showing that fair staff contacted the National Weather service four times between 5: 30 pm and eight o\'clock P. M. P. M.
The weather bureau said at eight o\'clock P. M. that a hail and a storm of 40 miles per hour (64 kph)
It is expected that there will be strong winds at 9: 15 p. m. and fair staff will begin to work out evacuation plans. Concert-
The audience said the opening show Sara Bareilles had finished, and the crowd was waiting for Sugarland to come on stage when the storm hit before nine o\'clock P. M.
They said an announcer reminded them that bad weather was possible and instructed what to do if it was necessary to evacuate.
But the announcer also said the concert organizers wanted the show to continue and many fans stayed.
A few minutes later, witnesses said, dirty, dusty, rain and strong winds rushed onto the main road of the playground and the stage collapsed.
Jessica arsmann said the towering metal scaffolding was \"a little shaking at first \".
Then the chaos began.
\"As soon as we see the gust, the wind is on our face,\" Alsman said . \".
She caught each other with three friends and formed a chain.
\"You can\'t imagine --
\"We just thought it would rain or something,\" Alsman said . \".
Indiana\'s position in the Midwest has long made it vulnerable to weather fluctuations.
April 2006, tornado
After thousands of people left the free outdoor concert held as part of the NCAA men\'s top four university basketball championship at John melencamp, strong winds hit Indianapolis.
On May 2004, a tornado hit the south of the Indianapolis Napoli Highway, delaying the launch of 500 in Indianapolis Napoli and forcing nearly two people
The game was interrupted for an hour.