A special memorial has been held for the victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
set aside their personal concerns and moved toward the accident and not away, while noting that attendees' selfless spirit is and will continue to be the silver lining in times of disaster
Fans of country duo Sugarland were left running for their lives on Saturday (13Aug11) when a freak storm swept across the fairground, causing the stage scaffolding and light rigging to crash to the ground, crushing people closest to the platform.
A crowd of 500 people gathered at the site on Monday (15Aug11) to pay their respects to the five people who lost their lives in the tragedy, which left 40 more people injured.
Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman addressed the mourners and gave thanks to the bystanders who rushed to help when the stage equipment began to fall.
Skillman said the people who ran to help "set aside their personal concerns and moved toward the accident and not away", while noting that attendees' selfless spirit "is and will continue to be the silver lining in times of disaster".
Sugarland and fellow state fair performer Sara Bareilles have both expressed their shock and devastation at the tragic event, with singer Bareilles admitting it "felt like a bad dream".
She had just completed her set when the storm demolished the stage.
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