Over the weekend, Grammy-winning country super-duo, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sugarland[/lastfm], was scheduled to perform at the Indiana State Fair as part of their ongoing tour with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sara Bareilles[/lastfm]. Things, however, did not go according to schedule because due to a strong change in weather, the stage collapsed. As a result, five people were killed Saturday night.
Frontwoman [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jennifer Nettles[/lastfm] took to Sugarland’s Twitter and official website to address her concerns about the victims.
In addition to the five casualties, at least 40 people were injured in some way, shape, or form in this terrible tragedy. When I heard about this, the first thing I thought about was “Are Sugarland and Sara Bareilles alive?”
Fortunately, both acts took to Twitter, letting their fans know that they were safe and out of harms way. Sugarland let their followers know that “[they] are praying for [their] fans, and the people of Indianapolis.”
We are all right. We are praying for our fans, and the people of Indianapolis. We hope you'll join us. They need your strength.—
Sugarland (@Sugarlandmusic) August 14, 2011
After this Twitter update, Jennifer Nettles released a statement on behalf of the duo regarding the incident:
“I am so moved. Moved by the grief of those families who lost loved ones. Moved by the pain of those who were injured and the fear of their families. Moved by the great heroism as I watched so many brave Indianapolis fans actually run toward the stage to try and help lift and rescue those injured. Moved by the quickness and organization of the emergency workers who set up the triage and tended to the injured. There are no words to process a moment of this magnitude and gravity. There are only prayers for peace in the hearts of the bereft, and prayers of thanksgiving for those who were spared or safe. A piece of our heart is left in that grandstand. May God provide peace and healing to the people of Indianapolis.”
The statement ended, “We wish to pass along our most sincere thanks for the messages of love, prayer, and support from our fan family. We’ll post any further updates here as they become available.”
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