Sugarland Providing Video Depositions in Connection With Indiana State Fair Tragedy

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush were in Charleston, W. Va., Thursday (April 12) to begin two days of video depositions about the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair that killed seven people and injured several others. Earlier in the day, the Indiana State Fair Commission received reports from two companies hired to investigate why the stage rigging and scaffolding collapsed when high winds hit the Indianapolis area before the duo went onstage at the outdoor concert on Aug. 13, 2011. The reports from Thornton Tomasetti (an engineering firm) and Witt Associates (emergency planning advisers) concluded the stage structure did not meet industry standards and a fully-developed emergency plan was not in place. In a written statement provided to media in Charleston, Nettles and Bush said, “In all the back-and-forth between the lawyers, the suggestion’s been made that we’ve somehow been trying to avoid having to answer questions about last summer’s terrible tragedy. This is simply not true.” They are scheduled to continue providing the depositions before performing Friday (April 13) in Pikeville, Ky.