singer Sara Bareilles has released a statement about the horrific stage collapse at the Indiana state fair this past weekend that left five people dead and dozens injured.
Bareilles, 31, who had just finished her set opening act set for Sugarland on Saturday when the light rigging collapsed, says the accident “felt like a bad dream.”
“The weather changed in a matter of minutes and the stage collapsed in a matter of seconds,” the artist explained to NY Daily News. “We are shocked and saddened by this horribly tragic circumstance and we are all praying for those affected. The emergency response was incredibly speedy and the people of Indiana as well as the crews from the show were beyond brave and working hard to help each other. My heart aches for the lives lost or injured as well as their families. We will do whatever we possibly can to help heal the hurt from this very sad day.”
In the aftermath of the tragedy, Sugarland’s website featured messages from both members of country duo, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, in which they expressed their deepest sympathies and prayed “May God provide peace and healing to the people of Indianapolis.”
Spencer Smith is credited for capturing the chilling, first-person account of the tragedy on video, which can be seen below: