Indiana State Fair holds memorial for stage collapse victims
by IPR News
August 15, 2011
A memorial at the Indiana State Fair this morning remembered victims of a weekend stage collapse. Five people died and more than 40 were injured on Saturday night when a burst of storm winds tore through the state fair’s grandstand stage, toppling steel rigging and lights onto the crowd between acts of that night’s concert. Junie Byrd’s son Nathan was running the spotlight on the top of the stage. He died in the collapse.
As the stage equipment crashed down, spectators rushed to help the injured. Governor Mitch Daniels says they undoubtedly saved lives.
The fair reopened today, but the Indiana State Police say the investigation into the stage collapse continues and could take weeks or months to complete.
- Indiana Public Broadcasting reporters at WFIU and WFYI