Sugarland Denies Responsibility For State Fair Stage Collapse
Sugarland have long been embroiled in a lawsuit surrounding the August 13, 2011 stage collapse at their show at the Indiana State Fair. Now, responding to lawsuits coming at them, they’re claiming one last time that the incident, which left seven dead and more than 40 injured, was not their fault.
Well, the BLAME GAME conmtinues!!! Recently we reported and Taste of Country previously reported, the stage collapsed after Sara Bareilles’ performance and just before Sugarland was about to take the stage. Since then, Indiana State Fair Commission executive director Cindy Hoye claimed that the show’s promoter AND the band wanted to carry on with the show, making them responsible for negligence in the situation.
In response , Sugarland is stating that the fatal accident was just that – “a true accident, or an act of God,” according to CNN. In a court document, the band responded by saying that they “had nothing to do with the construction of the venue” and that the scaffolding collapse was due to a “gust of wind of unprecedented intensity.”
Their claim does seem to be backed by evidence, reported by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration which says that the stage scaffolding was not constructed properly and not properly inspected after it was erected on the site.
With all the finger pointing, Sugarland and their fans are left to wait and see where the lines fall in the end. We will keep you posted!!