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Another death from Indiana State Fair Stage collapse

By | Published on Monday 22 August 2011

Indiana State Fair

A sixth person has died as a result of last week’s stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. Local media reported that 22 year old Jennifer Haskell had died of injuries suffered during the incident on Friday, and a member of her family subsequently confirmed that fact. A spokesman for the State Fair told reporters that the event’s organisers expressed “its deepest sympathies to her family”.

As previously reported, one of the Fair’s main stages came tumbling down as a storm swept onto the festival’s site while audience members awaited a concert from Sugarland. Five were killed instantly while dozens more were injured. Although unusually strong winds led to stage collapse, some have remarked that measures could have been taken to stop the tragedy, at the very least a faster evacuation of the site as the storm approached.

Following the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, and the deaths also last week at Pukkelpop in Belgium as an overwhelming storm hit their site, one experienced guitar tech and tour manager in the US has written an interesting blog post considering how such tragedies may be avoided in the future.