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  • Sugarland Accused of "Gross Negligence" in Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse

    Thu, 15 Sep 2011 09:49:00

    Sugarland Accused of "Gross Negligence" in Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse - Relatives of a victim have filed suit

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    Country music duo Sugarland has been accused of "gross negligence and/or recklessness" by the family of a fan who was killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair in August. We knew that some sort of legal action was bound to happen, even though a gust of wind blew in unexpectedly and cause the stage to topple, so it's not like Sugarland could have done much about that!

    The duo, comprised of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, have been named as defendants in a notice for a possible lawsuit over the catastrophe. Seven people perished, with another 40 injured in the collapse.

    The legal notice has been filed by relatives of Jennifer Haskell, 22, who was one of 10,000 fans waiting for Sugarland's performance at the fair when a sudden storm brought the main stage to the ground. Haskell and friend Alina Big Johny, who were both in the front row, died in the accident. It is quite a tragedy, and Sugarland expressed infinite sadness over the event.

    According to WTHR.com, the tort names at least 15 allegedly responsible parties, including "the band known as Sugarland, and its members, agents and employees", stating: "Haskell's injuries and wrongful death were the proximate result of the defendants' gross negligence and/or recklessness."

    What do you think of Sugarland being named in this suit?

    —Frank TJ Mackey
    09.15.11



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