What disaster struck the set of Country singer Billy Currington?
1 dead, 40 injured in Canada stage collapse CAMROSE, Alberta — Fans screamed and ran for cover as a fierce thunderstorm caused an outdoor stage to collapse at a country music festival in central Alberta. Police said one person was killed and up to 40 others injured. Thousands of fans were camped out at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Edmonton, when strong winds and heavy rain struck about 6 p.m. on Saturday. The concert is billed as Canada’s largest country music festival. Camrose Police Chief Darrell Kambeitz confirmed the one death and said 15 of the injured were taken to hospitals. Canadian media said four of those injured were in critical condition. Kambeitz later said up to 40 people could have been injured, with some treated at the site. Fearing a tornado, panicked fans scrambled to find loved ones and shelter. “We were all racing for the exit,” said Lori Trelenberg of Sherwood Park, Alta. “It was devastation. It was strong and powerful.
One woman was killed and more than a dozen people injured when an outdoor stage collapsed during a severe windstorm at a country music concert near Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday night. Actor and country singer Kevin Costner, a Carpinteria resident, was about to perform with his band when the storm struck, officials said. According to Canadian media reports, the main stage collapsed just as country singer Billy Currington was wrapping up his set at the annual Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose. Witnesses said Currington was bloodied but he appeared to be otherwise unhurt. The storm, which struck about 6 p.m. local time, was described as having “hurricane”-level winds and marble-sized hail. Fifteen people were taken to the hospital and four people have been classified as “critically injured,” according to Camrose Police Chief Darrell Kambeitz. Costner and his band, Modern West, were due to perform after Currington. Costner went to the hospital to comfort those who were hurt but was not inju
Disaster struck immediately as a set by American country artist Billy Currington ended around 6 p.m. Currington appeared to be hit by a falling pole and had a cut on his face. Bassist Shaun Smith was pulled from the concert area by emergency responders, his stomach and arm covered in blood. Sources: http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/alberta/2009/08/01/10337591.html#/news/alberta/2009/08/01/pf-10337516.