Jennifer Nettles: “There Are No Words”

Sugarland lead singer posts new statement about fatal tragedy.

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland is trying to process the tragedy that killed five fans and injured at least 45 others at a concert Saturday night at the Indiana State Fair.

“I am so moved. Moved by the grief of those families who lost loved ones. Moved by the pain of those who were injured and the fear of their families,” she posted on the band’s website. “Moved by the great heroism as I watched so many brave Indianapolis fans actually run toward the stage to try and help lift and rescue those injured. Moved by the quickness and organization of the emergency workers who set up the triage and tended to the injured.

“There are no words to process a moment of this magnitude and gravity. There are only prayers for peace in the hearts of the bereft, and prayers of thanksgiving for those who were spared or safe. A piece of our heart is left in that grandstand. May God provide peace and healing to the people of Indianapolis.”

Strong storm winds pushed over the stage and other equipment onto the crowd that was waiting for Sugarland to come on. A fair spokesman told CBS News today (Aug. 15) that they thought they had at least another 30 minutes to decide whether to evacuate the crowd.

In that same story, though, a meteorologist said warnings for strong winds had been out 30 minutes before the stage collapse. “It was very predictable,” AccuWeather meteorologist Mike Smith told CBS News. “We put out a warning for 60-mile-an-hour winds a full half-hour before the stage collapse occurred.”

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