- Associated Press - Sunday, August 14, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Indiana estimates a wind gust of 60 to 70 mph hit the stage that fell at the Indiana State Fair, killing five people.

The stage fell as fans waited Saturday night for the country duo Sugarland to perform.

Meteorologist Dan McCarthy said at a Sunday news conference that the wind gust was not typical and that wind in other parts of the state fairgrounds wasn’t close to that speed.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says no one could have foreseen the blast of wind. He calls it a “freakish accident” and a “fluke event.”

Along with the five killed, more than four dozen people were taken to hospitals with injuries.


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