Jennifer Nettles Talks About Indiana Tragedy

Sugarland singer gives ABC exclusive interview about Indy pre-show tragedy that killed seven.

photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland talked with ABC about the terror of being underground during the August pre-show tragedy that killed seven at the Indiana State Fair.

The network played a portion of that interview Tuesday (Nov. 8) during Good Morning America.

Helen, our tour manager, came down and said, 'They're gonna hold.' And we said, 'OK,' and no sooner than she said that then, just what you think, as far as everything suddenly looked dark, and wind and a crashing sound.

"This horrible metal, torking, twisting sound," she continued. "And then the ceiling of the dressing room torked and shuddered, and then everyone went to the wall because we didn't know what was happening because we couldn't see. We were underneath.

"I didn't see the whole thing happen until, like the rest of the country, I watched it on the news that night and was just, I mean, there are no words for that kind of tragedy and for the power of nature and what happened.

"I wept. We are forever connected to those people because of the evening that we shared and the moment that we shared and the tragedy that we shared. And we will forever be."

The rest of the interview airs Tuesday night (Nov. 8) at 10 p.m. ET on an ABC pre-Country Music Association Awards special hosted by Robin Roberts.

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