Sugarland + Live Nation Reach Settlement With Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse Victims
According to the Associated Press, the members of Sugarland, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles, along with Live Nation and 16 other defendants, will pay a total of $39 million to settle claims from the incident.
The accident occurred when high winds made the stage's rigging fall, causing the stage's roof to collapse on top of fans waiting for Sugarland to begin their show. Subsequent investigations revealed that fair officials neglected to put together a sufficient evacuation plan and that the rigging failed to meet emergency standards.
As part of the settlement, other lawsuits from the case were dismissed. A confidentiality clause prohibits disclosing how much each defendant is paying, but the money will be distributed to the plaintiffs based on severity of injury and whether the accident resulted in death.
“My heart is totally broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives," Bush said after the accident. "It’s broken for all the people who got hurt, for the people who were scared. I thank God for every person who lifted a truss, who pushed against that metal to get it off someone; for every person who used a chair as a stretcher. I thank God for every fan and emergency responder, for everyone who ran to the trouble instead of away from it. The courage of those men and women will forever be with me.”
Watch Sugarland's touching tribute to the victims here.