Stage Collapse in Indiana Not a 'Fluke': Report

Review of events shows officials got weather warning before deadly collapse at Indiana State Fair

By Al Romero
|  Thursday, Aug 18, 2011  |  Updated 10:01 AM CDT
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Friends and coworkers of Christina Santiago mourn her death Sunday night during a vigil in Chicago following a stage collapse Saturday in Indiana.

Friends and coworkers of Christina Santiago mourn her death Sunday night during a vigil in Chicago following a stage collapse Saturday in Indiana.

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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels referred to the wind gust that brought down a stage at the state fair last week as a "fluke." A spokesman for the fair called the collapse "a freakish act of God."

But a review of events leading up to Saturday night's deadly stage collapse by the Indianapolis Star shows fair officials got plenty of warning about high winds but failed to heed the advice.

Five people, including a 29-year-old Chicago woman, were killed and dozens of others injured when winds, estimated as high as 70 mph, collapsed the stage.

Weather experts maintain the high winds were predicted. 

The National Weather Service issued a warning at 8:39 p.m. Saturday. Fair officials did not evacuate the area, according to the report, and minutes later the stage collapsed.

A service for Christina Santiago will be held on Thursday at the Riverdale-on-Hudson Funeral Home at 6110 Riverdale Ave in Bronx, New York, according to her employer, the Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago.

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