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Lawsuit Filed On Behalf Of Two State Fair Victims

Attorney Kenneth Allen is representing the family of Tammy Vandam, who was killed in the incident, and her life partner Beth Urschel, who was severely injured.

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A stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday prior to a performance by the country music duo Sugarland.

The first lawsuits have been filed in the case of the tragedy at the State Fair.

Attorney Kenneth Allen is representing the family of Tammy Vandam, who was killed in the incident and her life partner Beth Urschel who was severely injured. Allen said the incident was not a fluke and that the severe weather was known well ahead of time.

“The parties responsible for this operation should have known that and should have realized that this storm was going to have damaging winds, potentially large hail and posed a serious threat to the fair-goers,” Allen said. “They ignored it.”

Beth Urschel, speaking to reporters Friday afternoon, emotionally explained what she saw last Saturday night.

“I remember turning around because somebody said, ‘rain is coming’and I turned my back to it,” Urshel said. “Then all of a sudden I heard screaming and we felt the wind and I looked up and the stage starting to fall.”

Urschel said she had taken Vandam to the show for her birthday. Vandam was one of four victims that died at the scene. Allen said he is filed an injunction to help preserve evidence at the scene.

A hearing is set for Tuesday to find out if that injunction will be granted. Allen said he expects more suits to be filed.

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