Sixth Person Dies After Stage Collapse - NBC Chicago

Sixth Person Dies After Stage Collapse

Jennifer Haskell, 22, passed away Friday morning



    Dr. Dean Silas of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital talks about the pure chaos that ensued following a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. (Published Monday, Aug. 15, 2011)

    The day after services were held for a 29-year-old Chicago woman killed when a stage toppled Saturday at the Indiana State Fair, another victim's life was claimed.

    Jennifer Haskell, 22, passed away Friday morning from injuries sustained in the collapse, her family members said in a statement. She died at an Indianapolis hospital.

    Christina Santiago was remembered Thursday in her Bronx, New York, hometown at the Riverdale-on-Hudson Funeral Home. Santiago was a revered employee at the Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago.

    Reviews of events leading up to Saturday night's deadly stage collapse show fair officials got plenty of warning about high winds but failed to heed the advice.

    Four other people 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 reports, and minutes later the stage collapsed.

    Dr. Dean Silas described the enfolding scene as "pure chaos."

    There was a mass of metal and humongous speakers that fell on the people, Silas said.

    "I saw a couple of people who were fatally injured," he said. "A couple of people with leg injuries, a young woman with muscular contusions on her back, another woman with injuries I couldn't ascertain and one woman who were administering CPR to."