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Reports Could Provide Answers About Stage Collapse

The reports from two investigations into the state fair stage collapse will be released today.

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

Legal experts say two independent probes into last summer‘s deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse should address several major questions about the incident. The reports will be released Thursday morning.

Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi now representing a victim‘s estate says answers should include: engineering of the stage, state fair staff procedures and the role and responsibility of the Sugarland organization. The state hired Thornton Tomasetti and Witt Associates to conduct independent investigations.

“Was the stage overloaded with too much audio and video equipment, was the stage secured and anchored properly, did the backdrop act as a sail in the high wind that that helped caused the state to basically buckle,” Brizzi says.

Seven people were killed and dozens of others injured in the collapse just moments before Sugarland was supposed to take the stage during a concert August 13.

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