Indiana State Fair 911 Calls Reveal More Details on Tragedy
We're now hearing the just-released 911 calls after the tragic collapse of the stage at the Indiana State Fair.
Caller: "I am at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. The stage in front of the grandstand just collapsed. I don't know if there's anyone underneath it or not."
911 Operator: "Okay, stay on the line for the ambulance, do not hang up."
Ambulance: "Fire and ambulance. What's the address of your emergency?"
Caller: "Uh, Indiana State Fairgrounds. The stage for the Sugarland concert just collapsed. I don't know if there anybody under it or not. I'm in the parking lot behind it."
The killer storm, packing winds of 70 miles an hour, struck right before the country music duo Sugarland was scheduled to go onstage. Five people died, as stunned fans were calling 911 for help.
911 Operator: "911."
Caller #2: "Hi, I'm sorry. I'm…we're at the state fair. I just wanted to make sure you guys got called."
911: "Hello, this is 911."
Caller #3: "I was calling for the Indiana State Fair. I'm sure people are already on their way though."
911 Operator: "Yes. State police are aware."
Caller #3: "Thank you."
There are now new questions about the way State Fair officials handled the approaching storm. The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning. But an announcer said from the stage just minutes before tragedy struck:
"As you can see to the West, there are some clouds. So please get ready, because in just a couple of minutes, we're going to try to get Sugarland on stage. Have a great show."
It turns out that no state agency had inspected the stage before the concert.
Meanwhile, Sugarland is resuming it's tour in Albuquerque tonight and is planning a memorial concert for the victims of the stage collapse that shocked the nation.