Sugarland Named In Legal Notice Over State Fair Stage Collapse

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September 14, 2011 | 7:45am EST

Country music stars Sugarland have been accused of “gross negligence and/or recklessness” by the family of a fan who was killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair in August.
The duo, comprised of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, have been named as defendants in a notice for a possible lawsuit over the catastrophe, which claimed a total of seven lives and left 40 injured.

The legal notice has been filed by relatives of 22-year-old victim Jennifer Haskell, who was one of 10,000 fans waiting for Sugarland’s performance at the fair when a sudden storm brought the main stage crashing down. She and her best friend Alina BigJohny, who were both in the front row, died in the accident.

According to WTHR.com, the tort names at least 15 allegedly responsible parties, including “the band known as Sugarland, and its members, agents and employees”, stating: “Haskell’s injuries and wrongful death were the proximate result of the defendants’ gross negligence and/or recklessness.”

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