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The country music community was in shock yesterday morning following Saturday night’s stage collapse due to severe weather conditions at the Indiana State Fair just before [lastfm link_type=""]Sugarland[/lastfm]‘s scheduled performance.
The stage on which [lastfm link_type=""]Sara Bareilles[/lastfm], who opened the event, abruptly crashed to the ground after a massive burst of wind from a fast approaching storm hit. At least five people are reported to be dead, and many more injured, including several children. Nearly every country star with a Twitter account offered prayers and thoughts to those affected. [lastfm link_type=""]Keith Urban[/lastfm] tweeted that he was “absolutely in shock,” [lastfm link_type=""]Julianne Hough[/lastfm] said she felt “so sick.” [lastfm link_type=""]Reba McEntire[/lastfm] said: ”What happened in Indianapolis tonight is what promoters, artists, crews and fans pray never happens.” Sugarland themselves released the following statement on their official site: “We are all right after our stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair tonight. Many of our fans and friends in Indianapolis may not be. Please keep them in your thoughts, prayers, or whatever form of strength you are able to send. They need you. Thank you.” Sugarland’s scheduled appearance at the Iowa State Fair Sunday was canceled.