The stage at Downsview Park in Toronto collapsed Saturday afternoon and killed one person just hours before Radiohead were scheduled to play to a sold-out crowd, CBC News reports.
Three others were injured. One person was transported to Sunnybrook Hospital in serious condition while two others were being assessed at the scene, according to CBC.
Toronto fire captain Mike Strapko told CNN that a "scaffolding-type structure collapsed" some 40 to 60 feet about the main stage area as the victims were setting up for the concert around 4 p.m. There were no strong winds or other dangerous weather conditions at the time.
The band was not onstage at the time and the concert has been cancelled. A statement on Radiohead's website says that tickets will be refunded, and advises fans not to make their way to the venue.
The accident comes after a number of recent stage collapses at high profile shows raised concerns about safety at concerts. Seven people were killed at the Indiana State Fair last August when high winds knocked down scaffolding and speakers.
Last Saturday, the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas was shut down by wind storms, forcing the cancellation of some headlining sets.
The only time Ihad heard of anything like this was in an 1879 article saved by a relative about the grandstand collapsing at the country fair grounds which killed many and injured many more. They moved the fairgrounds and I had not heard of something like this until all of these stages began to have problems. People die. People suffer for the rest of their lives with injury.
Safe staging is mandatory for any event. I've gone through life without concern when going to concerts. Why now? Lack of personnel? Too rushed? Man-acts? God acts? This needs to stop. Engineers need to review the equipment, review the process and see if things can be prevented.
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