On Thursday evening April 23rd, during the final musical act performed by the student body the auditorium stage collapsed injuring more than 12 students.
The accident occurred at Westfield High School, just 20 miles away from Indianapolis, during the final act as students performed to the Journey song “Don’t Stop Believin” when the stage collapsed almost 8 feet under.
Parents, faculty members, and fellow students rushed to aid the students who fell through.
Initial reports claimed that only one student was in critical condition, but authorities later announced that all injuries were minor and students involved were expected to recover.
Westfield Police Department Captain Charles Hollowell claimed that all injuries were non life-threatening and that they are investigating what caused the stage to collapse.
Chris Baldwin, Westfield Washington School’s executive director of human resources, explained that nearly 75 students were involved in the school production and the collapse occurred during the closing of the show.
When Westfield Mayor Andy Cook heard about the high school stage collapsing, the mayor immediately thought about the stage collapse that occurred at the Indiana State Fair where several people died in 2011.
School was back in session the next day, but authorities will continue the investigation.
Stage collapses has a special connotation in Indiana due to the tragic stage collapse that occurred at the Indiana State Fair. Fortunately, no one was critically injured, but the situation could have been much more severe. It is important to make sure that you are protect in these types of events and if you have any questions regarding this issue call a reputable personal injury firm to find answers.
Music festivals and other events that require large scale stages will have some form of insurance to make sure spectators and staff members are protected in the case there is a stage collapse. However, being informed of your options is just as important that solely relying on the insurance policies that an event company or school may offer for situations like these ones.