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Sugarland Blames Fans For State Fair Injuries

08:31 AM Tuesday 2/21/12 | |

Attorneys for country duo Sugarland say the injuries fans suffered in a deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair were “their own fault.”

Sugarland’s attorneys say some or all of the injuries happened because fans failed to take steps to ensure their own safety before high winds toppled stage rigging onto the crowd awaiting the band’s Aug. 13 concert.

Seven people died and 58 were injured.

In a Feb. 16 response to a civil suit filed in November, they also say fair officials and stage rigging builder Mid-America Sound Corp. were responsible for the stage setup. They call the wind that toppled the structure an “act of God.”

  • Stage Wreckage

    Indiana State Police and authorities survey the collapsed rigging and stage at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.
    August 14, 2011

    (AP Photo)


Sugarland’s attorneys are seeking a jury trial.


  1. neutralmilk wrote:

    01:11 PM, Feb 21, 2012

    Yes, I guess the fans should have built themselves some kind of bunker to protect themselves because stages falling down is a regular occurrence at gigs.

    I will say that the band doesn't seem at fault, but with any damages case, plaintiffs go after the parties with money. The defense for Sugarland is a little whack though, they should be focusing on the technicalities of the stage set up and safety were the responsibilities of the rigging co and fair officials.

  2. johntcooperga wrote:

    10:22 AM, Feb 21, 2012

    What an idiotic and unfair caption to this story--the band is simply responding to a suit blaming them.

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