New video shows Indiana stage collapse gave no visible warning
A new video posted to YouTube early Sunday shows that the buckling of the stage scaffolding in Indianapolis on Saturday night before Sugarland was able to begin their show was virtually instant, leaving no chance for fans and crew below the structure to avoid impact.
As reported by the Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis State Fair officials and Indiana State Police had begun considering evacuation plans in the minutes leading up to the pre-storm gusts that brought down the rigging based on weather radar data showing that the strength and trajectory of the coming storm was cause for concern.
Instead, it was announced from the stage that the show would go on, but that everyone should be prepared to to move to shelter should the imminent storm warrant. A portion of the crowd took that advice and began making their way toward a nearby arena or covered grandstands. That can be seen as the video begins, with a number of people leisurely moving away from the stage.
But at about the 7-second mark, something--possibly the sound of metal straining and breaking-- prompts the crowd nearest the stage to begin running away. By 9 seconds, the scaffolding is lurching forward deep into the crowd and by the 12-second mark, the entire structure has collapsed, registering screams of horror from those near the video camera in the grandstands.
According to local reports, emergency crews and fans began rescue efforts immediately, creating triage areas to deal with the injured. The storm arrived immediately as well, delivering torrential rain and wind gusts up to 60 miles-per-hour at the height of the rescue effort.
Ultimately, four people died in the collapse, about 40 were admitted to local hospitals with a range of injuries and about 150 people were treated on the scene for minor injuries.