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    Wed, 17 Aug 2011 17:33:43

    Sugarland's Tour Manager Likely Saved Band Member's Lives Before Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse - The manager held them off stage for a few extra minutes

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    Sometimes a snap decision can save a life. Or two.

    It may have been a sheer accident or serendipity, but Sugarland tour manager Hellen Rollens looked at the sky and decided to hold the band backstage a minute, which likely saved the country duo's lives, since they were set to take the stage moments before 60 to 70 MPH wind gusts blew through the area and toppled the roof and the metal scaffolding holding lights and other equipment on Saturday night in Indianapolis. The structure buckled and collapsed, killing five and injuring 40 more people.

    Sugarland manager Gail Gellman told The Associated Press on Monday that others felt it was safe to go on, but Rollens acted on her intuition, and she saved the band's lives.

    Gellman says lead singer Jennifer Nettles and partner Kristian Bush are devastated by the events.

    The band's staging was destroyed in the accident, and they canceled shows immediately following the collapse. However, they plan to resume their tour on Thursday in Albuquerque.

    Have you sent out thoughts and prayers to the victims of the stage collapse and their families?

    —Carly Costello
    08.17.11



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