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[Merged] Stage Collapse @Downsview Park Radiohead Show - Multiple Injuries, One Dead?

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[Merged] Stage Collapse @Downsview Park Radiohead Show - Multiple Injuries, One Dead?

Anyone have any more information about this? Following on Twitter...
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Damn. Two thread. Same time posted
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Mods, please delete mine.

So was there any weather? Wind? Or did it just collapse?
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what a shame - RIP to the person that died......


I love Radiohead - they're awesome.
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DaVibe wrote:
Jun 16th, 2012 5:55 pm
Ugh, I've only been updating the thread for the past hour, yet we merged it into THAT user's thread? Because he posted 30 seconds before mine I assume?
Fail.
Chill out, it's just a thread. :confused:
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Simaahoy wrote:
Jun 16th, 2012 5:59 pm
Chill out, it's just a thread. :confused:
It's alright, I got better things to do than pushing the refresh button on google images and google news to try and update this thread for the community and for RFD, while the OP said lock his to keep mine open ...
Sad to hear that this happened in Toronto and at Downsview Park. I hope it does not have an effect on the remaining concerts scheduled for this summer, since Downsivew is always so sensitive about these types of events (and lack thereof because of it).
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It's alright, I got better things to do than pushing the refresh button on google images and google news to try and update this thread for the community and for RFD, while the OP said lock his to keep mine open ...
You didn't seem to mind until you realized your name wasn't the listed as the thread creator... At which point you deleted all the info you already gathered and posted. That pretty f***ing petty.
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Jun 16th, 2012 7:04 pm
You didn't seem to mind until you realized your name wasn't the listed as the thread creator... At which point you deleted all the info you already gathered and posted. That pretty f***ing petty.
Wow he actually deleted all his info from the thread? Pretty low of him. It's only a thread, wonder how you do in real life
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raps4lyfe wrote:
Jun 16th, 2012 7:13 pm
Wow he actually deleted all his info from the thread? Pretty low of him. It's only a thread, wonder how you do in real life
I agree it's really pathetic. :)
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I don't think it was the weather because it wasn't even that windy.

I got to the park around 5pm and didn't know what was going on but the police weren't letting cars into the parking lot so i thought that was a bit strange. i tried to go in through the main entrance but there was no clear gap to let people in so i thought maybe the entrance was somewhere else so i just followed another group of people but then this group walking towards me tells my friend that the concert is cancelled.

we thought they were having a laugh! sure enough, we go to the fence near the back of the stage and the top part is completely crumpled! disappointed and hungry, we just headed to the nearest restaurant where more radiohead fans were drowning their sorrows. although we bumped into quite a few americans who made the drive to see radiohead.
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Updated story:

Radiohead's stage collapses before concert

TORONTO - One person died and three were injured when a stage collapsed ahead of Radiohead concert at Toronto's Downsview Park on Saturday.

Members of the stage crew were setting up for the Radiohead concert around 4 p.m. "when the top portion of the stage collapsed on top of them," police say.

The collapse prompted a city-wide response by emergency service response teams.

No members of the public were in the area at the time as the gates had yet to be opened to the concert area.

"My understanding is they were all stage crew," Const. Tony Vella said. "They were simply preparing for the concert."


The stage at Downsview Park in Toronto is shown before (top) and after it collapsed June 16, 2012. The stage, which had been constructed for a sold-out Radiohead concert, killed one person just an hour before gates were to open to admit concert-goers. REUTERS/Alexandra Mihan

One man in his mid-30s was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Toronto Fire Services platoon chief Tony Bellavance confirmed firefighters assisted in extricating the man after they arrived on scene and found reports of someone trapped under the stage.

"It was a crushing injury," he said. "It was bad enough, unfortunately, it killed the man."

The remaining staff on the stage ran from the area when they heard it coming down, according to police.

Toronto Emergency Services already had an ambulance on the scene in preparation for the concert. The unit responded immediately.

Apart from the deceased, three other men were injured. One was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital with a non-life-threatening head injury and later released.

The other two were treated on scene for minor injuries.

Other park workers were in the field when the stage collapsed. The park was evacuated soon after.

Road closures nearby tied up traffic in the hours immediately after the collapse.

The identity of the deceased man is not being disclosed until the next-of-kin has been notified, police said last night.

Vella said the force is collaborating with the Ontario Ministry of Labour to investigate the exact sequence of events leading up to the collapse.

From his understanding, the stage was erectly mainly for the Radiohead concert. He urged witnesses to come forward so they can piece together what happened.

Police have not confirmed who owns the stage.

According to customer service, TicketMaster is automatically refunding the cost of tickets to credit cards. Tickets bought at retail outlets can be refunded at the respective points of purchase.

Last year, two music festivals suffered from a similar fate barely a month apart.

In July 2011, Ottawa Bluesfest saw the stage collapse after a strong gust of wind 20 minutes into Cheap Trick's set.

In August the same year, a stage collapsed at Indiana State Fair, leaving seven dead.
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