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Four dead in stage collapse at Indiana State Fair in US

Stage fell amid windy weather just before country duo Sugarland were scheduled to perform

Four dead in stage collapse at Indiana State Fair in US
The stage collapses at the Indiana State Fair August 13, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The stage fell just before country duo Sugarland were scheduled to perform, killing at least four people and injuring as many as 40 more (Getty Images)
Four dead in stage collapse at Indiana State Fair in US
The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety said in a Twitter message: '4 fatalities and 40 transported to local hospitals. Unknown number in critical condition' (Getty Images)
Four dead in stage collapse at Indiana State Fair in US
An amateur video posted on YouTube showed a heavy gust of wind blowing down the stage rigging. People in the crowd can be heard screaming (Getty Images)
Four dead in stage collapse at Indiana State Fair in US
Spectators tried to hold up parts of the collapsed stage that fell into the standing area below to help anyone who might be trapped, eyewitnesses said (Getty Images)
Four dead in stage collapse at Indiana State Fair in US
Sugarland also sent a Twitter message about the incident, saying: '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' (Getty Images)
Four dead in stage collapse at Indiana State Fair in US
A general view as rescue units arrive at the Indiana State Fair on August 13, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana (Getty Images)
Four dead in stage collapse at Indiana State Fair in US
The Hoosier Lottery Grandstand at the state fairgrounds can seat more than 15,000 people. Underneath the stage are dressing rooms and other facilities (Getty Images)
Four dead in stage collapse at Indiana State Fair in US
A of general view of the stage and the crowd while the opening act, Sarah Barielles was performing on it, about an hour before the stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair on August 13, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana (Getty Images)