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ONE DEAD, THREE INJURED AS STAGE AT RADIOHEAD SHOW COLLAPSES
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6/18/2012

One person was killed and three others injured when a stage collapsed just prior to a Radiohead concert in Toronto on Saturday (June 16th). According to CBC News, the collapse occurred while the crew was setting up the stage for Radiohead's sold-out concert at Downsview Park. One man in his 30s was pronounced dead at the scene while another was rushed to the hospital with a head injury. Two others were treated at the scene. All four were presumed to be members of the production crew although their identities were withheld at press time.

The concert was canceled, with Radiohead tweeting, "Due to unforeseen circumstances tonight's show at Downsview Park tonight has been canceled. Fans are advised not to make their way to the venue."

Toronto fire captain Mike Strapkosaid that a "scaffolding-type structure collapsed" 40 to 60 feet above the main stage area around 4:00 p.m., one hour before gates were set to open for fans to enter the venue.

Beer vendor Alexandra Mihanwas setting up a beer tent near the stage and described the scene, saying, "Everyone started screaming and gasping. We turned around, and the entire top of the stage has just collapsed. All of the metalwork and all of the screens had just kind of folded over on top of each other."

Thousands were already lined up outside the venue waiting to enter, with another vendor saying, "It's very, very fortunate that the gates weren't open, because it would have been pandemonium."

Weather in Toronto and at the venue was said to be "beautiful," with warm temperatures and light wind.


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