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Mid-America Sound Backs Out Of Deal To Pay Stage Victims

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

The Indiana Attorney General‘s Office says the state will begin paying out the $6 million in relief funds for victims of last year‘s stage rigging collapse at the Indiana State Fair.

The announcement comes after Mid-America Sound, the company that built the stage, rescinded its offer to pay a portion of the $7.2 million offered to victims by its executives and those from James Thomas Engineering. Mid-America officials say minimum participation requirements set forth by the state were not met by Wednesday‘s deadline.

Eligible claimants were offered the money in exchange for releasing Mid-America Sound and James Thomas Engineering from liability in the collapse. Earlier this year, Attorney General Greg Zoeller said 51 of 62 claimants had accepted the offer.

Zoeller released a statement Wednesday saying the state would still offer the $6 million it had set aside for those claimants as required by state statute. The state has already paid out $5 million in tort claim funds.

Zoeller says he is disappointed by Mid-America‘s decision, adding the state will facilitate discussions between victims and James Thomas Engineering.

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