Advertising Scaffold Collapse Kills One, Injures 19

High winds caused a temporary advertising structure to fall apart and cause harm. Advertising Scaffold Collapse Kills One, Injures 19

Tragedy has struck yet again, when an advertising scaffolding buckled under the pressure of high winds outside a stadium of a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town, South Africa, a couple of hours before the show.

It’s still very early but immediate reports indicate that one person died after being taken to the hospital and 19 others were injured, 12 of which have been hospitalized.

Police are investigating the conditions surrounding the collapse of the temporary advertising structure outside of the Cape Town Stadium.

The members of Linkin Park, who will perform in Johannesburg on November 10, 2012, released a statement: "We wish to express our deep sadness and concern for those injured and our heartfelt condolences to the family of the fan who died as a result of her injuries."

This is just the latest in a string of similar incidents.  In August 2011, the stage at a Sugarland concert gave way and killed seven people and caused dozens of injuries.  Forty four of the victims have filed a lawsuit.  This past June, a stage at an outdoor Radiohead show fell apart, killing their own drum technician.  

Following the regrettable incident at Cape Town Stadium this evening,  Big Concerts would like to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the injured persons and in particular the family of the fan who tragically passed away from injuries sustained when an advertising tower collapsed outside the stadium from gusting gale force winds. We would like to thank the City of Cape Town, the South African Police Services, and all the medics, doctors, and disaster risk personnel for their swift and professional response to this accident. 

Written on Nov 08 2012 by Jeanne Dupuis (Google+ profile), writer at KOvideo. Tags: linkin park stage collapse


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