Fans watch as the stage at the Indiana State
Fair collapses amid a gust of wind Saturday
night. Five people were killed and dozens more
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says there should be no rush to judgment as the investigation into a deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair begins.
Several agencies and engineering firms are investigating what went wrong in the minutes leading up to the collapse that killed five people and injured 45 others. Fans were hoping to see the band Sugarland perform, not witness one of the worst tragedies in state history.
Speaking with reporters yesterday, Daniels said the investigation could result in changes to management at the state fair, but added it's far too early to speculate.
“It’s perfectly natural to want to know now. I do too, but in situations like this we at least have to try to have discipline to get it right and be sure before we make big decisions or changes,” he said.
Yesterday, a state fair spokesman said officials did not follow their own severe weather policy to the letter before the collapse. While concertgoers were told of the approaching storm, no evacuation order was announced at the venue.
Lawsuits are almost certain to arise out of the incident. Daniels said the families need to be fully and completely compensated, but it is too early to be thinking of that.
“I’m concerned about the people who got hurt and you know money is not going to repair at least in the case of five families,” he told reporters.