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Stage collapses before Radiohead show in Toronto; 1 dead

RollingStone.com

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.

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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. 

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Jun 17, 2012 4:22AM
Jun 17, 2012 3:57AM
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I think this should be a wake up call to the people who plan these events.  Time to tone it down a bit...You dont need all that scaffolding.  Protect your customers.
Jun 16, 2012 11:36PM
Jun 16, 2012 11:25PM
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MIBL50

 

I think pinga needs to quit drinking and put the crack pipe down. After that, take the car home in the morning and tell mommie and daddie that the wreck wasn't his fault! 

Jun 16, 2012 11:16PM
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