Remembering The Victims: Service Held At State Fairgrounds As Probe Continues Into Mishap

By Mary Collins
By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

August 15, 2011 Updated Aug 15, 2011 at 5:28 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The Indiana State Fair resumed Monday, after a powerful gust of wind Saturday night blew down a stage apparatus, killing five people and injuring 45 others at a concert.

Jeff Neumeyer was at the State Fairgrounds, to find out the mood at the summertime attraction, and to update the search for answers to what went wrong.

Jeff Neumeyer: " You can still see part of the overhead stage rigging that collapsed in an instant with deadly consequences.

The crowd on Saturday was told of an oncoming severe thunderstorm a few minutes before it all came crashing down, but spectators at the Sugarland concert were never ordered to leave and seek cover.

State Fair officials insist they did their due diligence.

Andy Klotz/State Fair Media Director: " We did not evacuate at that time, but that decision came about three minutes later, and in that three or four minutes is when that one straight line wind came and took down the Grandstand roof."

A remembrance ceremony was held Monday morning on the grounds, where thanks were paid to dozens of concert goers who helped pull the injured from beneath the fallen structure.

Governor Mitch Daniels/(R) Indiana: " Their love and personal bravery acted in courageous ways to make sure Saturday night was not worse than it was."

Neumeyer: " The Cobbs family from Huntington is showing champion Clydesdale horses at the Fair. After the tragedy, people took shelter in the Draft Horse Barn, that right now is serving as their second home.

Lorraine Cobbs/Shocked by Stage Collapse: " It was mass confusion within the barn here, people were sitting around lying down on the cement here just out of shock from the stress of what they had witnessed."

1st Sgt. Dave Bursten/Indiana State Police: " The best way that I could characterize this is kind of like an aircraft crash investigation, everybody wants to know the answers, why did the plane crash, was it human error or was it mechanical error, we don't know any of that, that's the purpose of the investigation, and this will take us weeks to complete."

Neumeyer: " Outside the main entrance to the Grandstand, a makeshift memorial has been set up, with flowers and five flags in honor of Fort Wayne native Alina Bigjohny and the other four who perished.





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