Ind. fair checked weather before stage collapse

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 15 at 9:06 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A timeline released by Indiana State Police shows Indiana State Fair staff contacted the National Weather Service multiple times before a strong wind blew over a stage and its rigging, killing five people at a Sugarland concert and injuring dozens of others.

The stage collapsed just before 9 p.m. Saturday as fans waited for the country music duo to take the stage.

The timeline shows fair staff contacted the weather service four times between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The weather service said at 8 p.m. that a storm with hail and 40 mph winds was expected to hit the fairgrounds at 9:15 p.m., and fair staff began making evacuation plans.

A gust of 60 to 70 mph hit the stage at 8:49 p.m.

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