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Six Dead in Sugarland Concert Stage Collapse

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Litigation on the Sugarland concert stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair, which killed six people, began with a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of one of the victims. According to the Daily Press, an attorney in the lawsuit told the Los Angeles Times that flimsy stage construction and a failure to take simple precautionary measures such as hiring a private meteorologist or responding to thunderstorm warnings led the stage to crash down on fans.

The lawsuit was filed in Indiana state court against the event organizers, alleging organizers "did not reasonably exercise due care in the design, set-up, configuration, layout and construction of the concert stage area." The complaint also states that the concert stage was overloaded with equipment, inappropriately configured and failed to meet safety guidelines, including those required by Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

 Besides the deaths, some concert goers were seriously injured. One person suffered a crushed leg and shoulder, and lost several of her toes
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