Inadequate Construction Leads to Sugarland Stage Collapse

Last August, the stage at the Indiana State Fair collapsed moments before Sugarland was to take the stage.  This resulted in the death of 7 individuals and now a lawsuit.  Numerous victims filed a civil lawsuit against Sugarland and the stage construction companies.

The cause of the collapse is cited as being a lack of clear authority.  State Fair officials warned Sugarland’s manager that they should consider canceling due to the storm, but the manager did not take heed.  Then the Indiana State Police Captain decided to call it off, but the stage collapsed before the announcement.  The winds had picked up to a speed that was beyond the stage’s capability to withstand. A deposition was held last week as the suit continues.