Sara Bareilles Issues Statement About Stage Collapse

Associated Press
Associated Press

Sara Bareilles was the opening act for the country duo, Sugarland, who was set to perform before high winds brought down the stage at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday.

Bareilles had just finished her performance and left the stage when it collapsed killing five people and injuring an additional 40 people.

The collapse is believed to be the result of high winds and an approaching storm.

According to the Associated Press, the collapse came moments after an announcer warned of the advancing storm and gave instructions on what to do in event of an evacuation.

According to EW, Bareilles issued a statement regarding the incident, “The accident at the Indiana State Fair felt like a bad dream,” she said.

Bareilles went on, “The weather changed in a matter of minutes and the stage collapsed in a matter of seconds. We are shocked and saddened by this horribly tragic circumstance and we are all praying for those affected. The emergency response was incredibly speedy and the people of Indiana as well as the crews from the show were beyond brave and working hard to help each other. My heart aches for the lives lost or injured as well as their families. We will do whatever we possibly can to help heal the hurt from this very sad day.”