Cheap Trick Stage Collapse
July 18, 2011 by staff
Cheap Trick Stage Collapse, Ottawa Bluesfest organizers are expected to face questions on Monday after the main stage collapsed 20 minutes in a performance of Cheap Trick Sunday night when a sudden storm struck the area.
Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahan is set to hold a press conference 11 am ET to discuss the collapse of the stage that sent three people to hospital and thousands fleeing for cover.
Ottawa said paramedics responded to multiple injuries after the stage collapsed around 7:20 pm, including a 49-year-old suffered injuries to the abdomen, pelvis and thigh.
Another man had possible spinal injuries.
Stuart Mills said CBC reporter shot black clouds in the area and the band left the stage just before the structure collapsed.
“A gust of wind took a giant canvas and trash around the field and threw to the audience and stood around the stage – where he had been playing Cheap Trick – and almost like a convertible in a car, just bent it back in the same direction, “Mills said.
Michael Robert, who was near the stage when it collapsed, said, “Everything just came down in seconds.”
Leanne Wilson concertgoer said the stadium gradually sunk back and pitched in.
“In less than 10 seconds had gone,” he said. “[Cheap Trick] were to play until he fell. And immediately everybody was running and screaming.”
“I was surprised I had never seen anything like this before at a concert.”
Cheap Trick posted a message on Facebook saying that no one was injured in the band, along with a picture of some of the destruction.
“Everyone is well and we are very lucky to be alive and we hope that all fans are good, too,” the authors wrote.
The organizers of the annual event called the show when lightning started flashing, scrapping festival’s final act, Death Cab for Cutie.
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