Indiana governor says strong wind gust that toppled stage before Sugarland concert was ‘fluke’

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Aug 15, 2011 10:44 AM

INDIANAPOLIS — The wind gust that toppled a stage at the Indiana State Fair Saturday night, killing five and injuring dozens of fans waiting for the country band Sugarland to perform, was a “fluke” that no one could have anticipated, the governor and others said Sunday.

The wind was far stronger than that in other areas of the fairgrounds, said Dan McCarthy, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Indiana. He estimated the gust at 60 to 70 mph.