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Fan Gives Firsthand Account of Sugarland Tragedy

Tells Detroit radio station, “It was just so quick.”

In the wake of Saturday’s (Aug. 13) tragedy prior to Sugarland’s scheduled performance at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, a Detroit radio station talked to one of the fans in attendance that night.

A fan named Ashley, who was in the Sugar Pit, as the area in front of the stage at Sugarland concerts is known, spoke with WYCD's Dr. Don Morning Show with Rachael and Grunwald. “I could literally touch the stage. I was front and center,” she said, noting that the stage collapse was “quick.”

“We thought there was a tornado because the sand from the track was flying everywhere. I had a friend say, ‘It’s coming down,’ and if she had not literally turned me around, I would not have made it out. It was just so quick to happen, nobody had any idea.”

Ashley credits fans, including off-duty medical personnel, with helping survivors get out from under the wreckage. "If it wasn't for some of those people, there could have been more than five deaths."

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