I’m not even going to get into this one, but the group [lastfm link_type=""]Sugarland[/lastfm] are now responding to lawsuits coming at them surrounding the August 2011 stage collapse at their show at the Indiana State Fair. They’re claiming one last time that the incident, which left seven dead and more than 40 injured, was not their fault.
The stage collapsed after [lastfm link_type=""]Sara Bareilles[/lastfm] preformed and before Sugarland was to take the stage. Indiana State Fair Commission executive director Cindy Hoye stated in an affidavit that she sent the show’s promoter twice to the band and was told twice that they wanted to carry on with the show, making them responsible for negligence in the situation. Sugarland are asserting that the fatal accident was just that – “a true accident, or an act of God.” In a court document, the band responded by saying that they “had nothing to do with the construction of the venue” and that the scaffolding collapse was due to a “gust of wind of unprecedented intensity.”
Their claim does seem to be backed by evidence, as a Feb. 8 report by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed that the stage scaffolding was not constructed properly nor properly inspected after it was erected on the site.