Louisville man was at Indiana State Fair when stage collapsed

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Five people are dead and more than 40 injured following a stage accident at the Indiana State Fair Saturday night. The fair was closed Sunday.

Louisville resident Rob Yoder was at the fair when tragedy struck.

"Who would know the best seats in the house would turn into such a horrible event," said Yoder.

Yoder saw the collapse from a distance, his seats were in the grand stand.

"We were all looking directly at it and the stage just started to lean slowly off to the right I kept thinkin okay, the wires are gonna stop it," said Yoder.

As pure panic set in, the collapse was also captured on video. The massive rigging caught by a gust of wind in an instant , toppling onto the crowd.

"It was a horrible experience I couldn't imagine what it was like the people that were in front," said Yoder. "It happened in 3 seconds time."

Five people died, 40 were injured. Many were trapped as others rushed in to try to help.

Rob says so many were close to the stage in hopes to meet Sugarland band members and to get a chance at winning a guitar.

"There were people running forward to try and get up to the front at the same time the wind gusts came in," said Yoder. "Horrible timing."

Governor Mitch Daniels joined in the mourning, calling the collapse a tragedy that could not be planned for.

"It's not clear to me at this stage -- how anyone could've foreseen a sudden highly localized blast of wind in one place," said Governor Daniels.

The state is looking into the structure's integrity.

"It's such a horrible feeling that nothing can stop that from happening once it starts going," said Yoder.

The fair says refunds for Saturday's Sugarland concert will be issued at the point of purchase.

Governor Mitch Daniels and others will participate in a remembrance ceremony Monday morning for the victims of the stage collapse.

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