Sugarland Stage Collapse 911 Call Released, Memorial Show Planned

August 16, 2011

Horrifying video of a massive outdoor stage collapsing at a Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair Grounds swept the web over the weekend, and now has nearly 3 million views. You can listen to multiple 911 calls placed right after the accident below, and get the details about a planned memorial.


If the video is enough to get your heart beating, you can only imagine the horror of being there in person. The scene was surreal. A huge gust of wind whipped the stage coverings around like rags—then it happened. The massive structure bent, folded, then slammed down onto a group of terrified fans.

The incident resulted in a slew of injuries and five confirmed fatalities. You can hear the true concern in the voices of the onlookers who called 911 (listen below).

Reports state that the band’s manager made a last second decision to hold them back from taking the stage just before the incident, which is now said to be under investigation by an engineering firm hired by the fair grounds.

A story posted to The Wall Street Journal’s website indicates that an announcer told concertgoers that they could make their way to a nearby building to avoid the severe weather, but that some stayed in the area in front of the stage anyway.

Sadly, no one could have guessed what would happen next:

“The announcer on stage did not realize that in a mere moment or two, we had made the decision to evacuate the grandstand.”

An official with the Indiana State Fair called the accident a “freakish act of God,” and said “I don’t know how it could have been prevented…”

Still, they insist every effort will be made to investigate what went wrong. In the meantime, Sugarland has planned a “private memorial” to honor the fans who lost their lives.

Very tragic. Stay tuned…

Photos: Eddy

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