Kristian Bush on 2011 Stage Collapse at Sugarland Concert

"It Was Unfathomable What Happened"

It’s been almost exactly four years since the stage collapse right before a Sugarland show at the Indiana State Fair.

And Kristian Bush is now willing to talk about it.

In an teary interview with The Tennessean, Nashville’s daily newspaper, Bush recently opened up about what things felt like that day in August 2011.

Bush was under the stage — getting ready to start the show — when the strong storms moved through, which he said felt like explosions.

“You get so scared. I was just scared,” he said.

He and Sugarland partner Jennifer Nettles were held back in the dressing rooms, which is where they were when the wind caused the stage to collapse onto the crowd of Sugarland fans, killing seven people.

Bush and Nettles were evacuated to their tour buses, where they watched the footage of the tragic collapse on the news. He told the newspaper all he remembers hearing then was “all sorts of silence.”

“I obviously saw the aftermath of it because we’re looking at it outside the bus window, but it was still unfathomable what happened,” he said.

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