Indiana stage collapse victims sue Sugarland

November 23, 2011


(AP/Mark J. Terrill)
Kristian Bush, right, and Jennifer Nettles, of the country group Sugarland.

The estates of four people who died and 44 other victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse are suing the country duo Sugarland and 12 other defendants in the most comprehensive lawsuit yet arising from the tragedy.

The complaint alleging breach of reasonable care to the victims was filed Tuesday in Marion Superior Court in Indianapolis by attorneys representing at least 20 law firms across Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

Attorney Mario Massillamany of Logansport says Sugarland's contract specified the act had the final say on whether to cancel the Aug. 13 concert due to weather. The stage rigging collapsed into spectators following a wind gust of at least 60 mph, killing seven people and injuring more than 40 others.

A message seeking comment was left with Sugarland's publicist.