Sugarland Opening Act Sara Bareilles Issues Statement on Stage Disaster

| by Michael Allen

Singer Sara Bareilles, who performed as Sugarland’s opener at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday, issued a statement on the disastrous stage accident that killed 5 people and injured 45.

Bareilles said, “The weather changed in a matter of minutes and the stage collapsed in a matter of seconds. We are shocked and saddened by this horribly tragic circumstance and we are all praying for those affected. The emergency response was incredibly speedy and the people of Indiana as well as the crews from the show were beyond brave and working hard to help each other. My heart aches for the lives lost or injured as well as their families. We will do whatever we possibly can to help heal the hurt from this very sad day.”

The stage that Bareilles had performed on collapsed into the audience at 8:49 p.m., just minutes before Sugarland were to begin their set. High winds, estimated at 60 MPH, caused the collapse. Rather than running away from the stage in fear, many fans rushed to the stage after it collapsed to attend to those who were injured.

On Sunday, a memorial was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to remember those who were killed. Audience members honored those who had fallen with a moment of silence and the song ‘Amazing Grace.’
Videos of the disaster show the blue canvas top fraying and flapping just seconds before the steel scaffolding gave way, sending a heavy bank of stage lights and metal onto fans closest to the outdoor stage. Gov. Mitch Daniels described the stage collapse as a ‘freakish accident.’