Indiana Fairgrounds Disaster: Shocking First-Hand Footage (Video)
As Indiana State Police released the names of the five dead who perished when wind collapsed the Indiana State Fairgrounds during a Sugarland performance Aug. 13, first-hand footage of the tragedy hit YouTube.
Four victims died at the scene: Alina Bigjohny, 23, Fort Wayne; Glenn Goodrich, 49, Indianapolis; Christina Santiago, 29, Chicago; and Tammy Vandam, 42, Wanatah, Ind..
The fifth victim, 51-year-old Nathan Byrd of Indianapolis, died Sunday at Methodist Hospital. Another 45 were hospitalized with unspecified injuries, and Indiana State Police Sergreant Dave Bursten told media further fatalities could still mount. Those hospitalized included both the band's fans and crew members.
Several victims remain in critical condition and some in intensive care units. Three children are currently undergoing treatment at Riley Hospital for Children, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A memorial service was held for the victims of the disaster at 9 a.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Governor Mitch Daniels told the gathering crowd of mourners:
“We come today with hearts that are broken, but hearts that are full,” Daniels told the crowd. “Our hearts are with you. My heart is full for those who acted in courageous ways.…There was a hero every ten feet on Saturday night.”
Sugarland frontwoman Jennifer Nettles also released a statement on the disaster:
"I am so moved. Moved by the grief of those families who lost loved ones. Moved by the pain of those who were injured and the fear of their families. Moved by the great heroism as I watched so many brave Indianapolis fans actually run toward the stage to try and help lift and rescue those injured. Moved by the quickness and organization of the emergency workers who set up the triage and tended to the injured. There are no words to process a moment of this magnitude and gravity. There are only prayers for peace in the hearts of the bereft, and prayers of thanksgiving for those who were spared or safe. A piece of our heart is left in that grandstand. May God provide peace and healing to the people of Indianapolis."