Radiohead Accident: Drum Technician Scott Johnson Identified As Stage Collapse Victim
A 33-year-old man from South Yorkshite was killed last night when the stage collapsed ahead of a Radiohead concert. Scott Johnson, a drum technician, was identified as the victim. Three other people were injured during the Radiohead accident.
Police say that Johnson was on stage during a sound check ahead of Saturday’s concert when the top portion of the stage collapsed.
Radiohead cancelled the concert shortly after the accident.
The band wrote:
“Due to unforeseen circumstances tonight’s [concert] at downsview park has been cancelled. Fans are advised not to make their way to the venue.”
The BBC reports that in addition to Johnson, one person was seriously injured during the incident. According to the Globe and Mail, a 45-year-old unidentified victim was being treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Two other people experienced minor injuries during the accident.
Erin Peacock, who witnessed the Radiohead accident, said:
“We didn’t see any ambulances speeding off immediately, which led us to believe either everyone’s okay or people are pinned.”
Alexandra Halbert, a vendor at the show, witnessed the stage collapsing. Halbert said:
“I turned around and the whole top part of the stage had collapsed, as well as the scaffolding. It seemed like there were a couple of minutes of hesitation and no one knew quite what to do. It was only afterwards that we all realized how serious it was.”
Ontario’s Labour Ministry is currently investigating the incident. You can read more about the Radiohead accident here.