State of Indiana settles with stage collapse victims

By | Published on Tuesday 20 December 2011

Indiana State Fair

The State Of Indiana has now reached settlements with 63 of the 65 claimants who came forward for damages after the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair in August.

As previously reported, seven people died and over 40 more were injured when one of the stages at the State Fair collapsed when hit by freak winds just before a concert featuring country duo Sugarland was about to begin. Various legal disputes have come out of the tragedy, and as organisers of the Fair the State Of Indiana was among those liable, though State Law limited that liability to a total of $5 million.

Most of that damages fund has now been allocated to individuals affected by the stage collapse, with only two of 65 claimants still to agree terms. Fair officials have also distributed just short of $800,000 donated by the public after the incident.

As also previously reported, as well as the claims made against the State Of Indiana, 48 affected parties have also begun legal proceedings against Sugarland and their business associates, on the basis the band had a contractual right to cancel the show over weather concerns, and were therefore negligent not to exercise that right.