Ind. fair checked weather before stage collapse
Saturday, August 13, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A timeline released by Indiana State Police shows Indiana State Fair staff contacted the National Weather Service multiple times before a strong wind blew over a stage and its rigging, killing five people at a Sugarland concert and injuring dozens of others.
The stage collapsed just before 9 p.m. Saturday as fans waited for the country music duo to take the stage.
The timeline shows fair staff contacted the weather service four times between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The weather service said at 8 p.m. that a storm with hail and 40 mph winds was expected to hit the fairgrounds at 9:15 p.m., and fair staff began making evacuation plans.
A gust of 60 to 70 mph hit the stage at 8:49 p.m.