I remember hearing about the tragic story of a stage collapse back in 2011…
…and today I can gladly say that a settlement has been reached!
The 2011 Indiana State Fair had a horrible incident happen on August 13th when a severe thunderstorm caused the main outdoor stage to collapse just minutes before the famous country duo “Sugarland” was about to go on stage to perform!
It was a tragic event where 7 people were killed and close to 100 people were injured! I remember talking about this event in college when we talked about the “Force Majeure” clause in a contract that basically says that the show can be terminated if there is an unavoidable accident that took place.
Take a look at the stage collapse here:
It’s never easy to watch that 😦
In the case of Sugarland’s concert, it’s unfair for me to say who was wrong in not calling the show off. They were monitoring the weather of course, but it appears that the storm was quite unpredictable.
The stage collapse happened on August 13, 2011 and just this past Friday (December 20th) the settlement with which to compensate the victims was finally decided upon!
Sugarland (the musical act), Live Nation (the concert promoter), and 16 other defendants have just come to agree upon paying out $39 million to settle claims.
It feels good to see the settlement happen & I’m glad they reached a decision!
It seems like a lot more money than I thought they would settle for, but I guess when you’re being sued by so many people…it all adds up very quickly.
Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland have testified before regarding the stage collapse when they told the court that they left concert proceedings up to their tour manager and that they weren’t directly involved in saying whether the show would go on or not.
I feel horrible for the victims, but at least they can receive some financial freedom with which to treat the injuries sustained from this tragic event.
Thank you Sugarland & Live Nation for bringing justice to the victims!