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Five Killed In Stage Collapse

Matt Kryger  /  The Indianapolis Star via AP Matt Kryger / The Indianapolis Star via AP

MSNBC - INDIANAPOLIS — A fifth person has died and others were injured Saturday night when stage rigging collapsed after an unexpected wind gust, trapping and injuring fans awaiting a Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair, officials said.

The fifth death was confirmed Sunday, NBC station WTHR.com reported. The person was believed to be a spotlight worker who was on the stage when the steel scaffolding collapsed.

The fatality and injury count may rise, 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten of the Indiana State Police warned at an Sunday press briefing. At least 45 people have been hospitalized.

The Marion County coroner identified two of the dead, Bursten said. However, he did not release any names.

Officials said the state fair planned to reopen Monday and a public remembrance was slated at 9 a.m. for those killed.

NBC station WTHR reported up to 200 were seated in the outdoor VIP area called the "Sugar Pit" when the rigging collapsed around them at 8:50 p.m. ET.

About 12,000 people were at the concert.

Sugarland's lead singer Jennifer Nettles issued a statement on Sunday saying the band was "stunned and heartbroken for the fans and their families in Indiana. We hold those injured in our prayers at this very sad time. There are no words. It is tragic."

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