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State Fair Wreckage To Be Removed From Fairgrounds

The investigation of the collapse continues, but the wreckage is being removed from the Indiana State Fair grounds.

State Fair Wreckage

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The state is removing the wreckage from the State Fair grounds as the investigation into the stage collapse continues.

More than two months after the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair, wreckage of the stage will be removed from the fairgrounds. It will be moved to an off-site facility as the investigation into the collapse continues.

Thornton Tomasetti is the engineering firm examining the structural collapse of the stage. Thornton Tomasetti Vice President Scott Nacheman says nearly every part of the collapse site has been cataloged. Now his group is moving forward in the next phase of the investigation.

“Up until now, all the investigation has been done at arm’s-length, but we have not moved, lifted, turned over any of the structural components on site,” he says.

That process will begin Monday, with the goal of moving the structure to a warehouse beginning Wednesday. Results of the investigation are still about six to eight months away.

State Fair Commission chair Andre Lacy reported Thursday that the other investigation into the collapse, examining the preparedness and response to the emergency, is on track to end around the same time.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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