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Stage Collapse Suit Filed In Response To State’s Plan

An Indianapolis lawyer says an insufficient response to the state fair stage collapse is one reason he continues to file lawsuits.

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

An attorney suing on behalf of state fair stage collapse victims is filing yet another suit in Marion Superior Court.

“The plan is glaring it its omissions,” said lawyer Kenneth Allen. “There is nothing in the plan that addresses prevention of the tragedy or reasonable means and methods of preventing the tragedy.”

Allen said it marks the third suit he‘s filing for victims who died in the stage collapse, but he wouldn’t name the victim. He also said he‘s representing surviving victims and expects to file more suits. This comes as the Indiana State Fair Commission posted its emergency preparedness plan and other documents on its website Wednesday. Spokeswoman Stephanie McFarland said the Commission is responsible and transparent.

They are running toward the situation, much as many Hoosiers did the night at the fair when the incident occurred,” she said. “So, I know they are working very diligently. Just within a matter of days of the incident occurring they hired the two expert firms to come in and get to work immediately.”

McFarland said the commission is awaiting results of an independent investigation by Witt & Associates before making further comment.

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