INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About a dozen people are believed to have been injured after a stage collapsed Saturday night at the Indiana State Fair.
The Indianapolis Star reported (http://bit.ly/o4LrYw ) that strong winds before a thunderstorm caused the stage rigging for an outdoor concert at the fairgrounds in Indianapolis to collapse. The newspaper reported that fans were trapped and injured in the incident shortly before 9 p.m.
Details on the conditions of those injured were not immediately known. Indiana State Police told The Associated Press they were still working to gather information and did not have anything to release yet. They confirmed there were injuries but weren't sure how many people were hurt or their conditions.
Emergency crews were called to the scene. Workers were setting up a command center to tend to those who were injured.
The country music group Sugarland was scheduled to perform at the fair. It is not clear whether that act or another was performing when the stage collapsed.
The Star reported that thousands of concert-goers were being evacuated to a nearby building because of high winds when the rigging for the stage fell onto the track where some were seated.
"It was like it was in slow motion," concert-goer Amy Weathers told the newspaper. "You couldn't believe it was actually happening."
Those who were injured were being moved to a tunnel below the stage, the Star reported. A hole was being dug to try to reach those trapped beneath the rigging.
Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com