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Radiohead Stage Collapse Results in One Death and Three Severe Injuries

by Photo of Lyndsay Krisel

Concert stage collapses in Toronto leaves a cancelled sold out concert and fans dazed and confused

Radiohead Stage Collapse Results in One Death and Three Severe Injuries

As 40,000 fans were preparing for an epic, sold out concert, to be performed in Toronto on Saturday by Radiohead, the stage crashed down, leaving one person dead and others severely injured.  Radiohead's drum technician, Scott Johnson, had been trapped under the rubble of the stage, and was pronounced dead at the scene.  A 45-year old man was sent to the hospital for a head injury, and two others were treated for minor injuries at the Downsview Park Venue, according to the Huffington Post.  

The British band was struck deeply by the loss of their good friend and colleague Scott.  "He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive, and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew," the band explained.  Based on the article, several Policemen and officials searched high and low on Sunday for hints as to how this wreckage could have occurred.  It is not everyday that a concert stage just comes crashing down, so it is procedure that there is to be an investigation of the situation.  Ministry spokesman Matt Blajer mentioned that the investigation is "fairly complex," and it could take some time to figure out exactly what happened.  Police at the scene had mentioned that the concert had not yet been full at the time of the collapse, which occurred at about 4PM, however there were several fans waiting outside the venue in hopes to be admitted fairly soon. 

Mike Kensey, 26, said he arrived at the venue early enough to be able to get a close spot near the stage according to the article.  "It was like fireworks went off and then boom, the stage just crumbled to the ground in a matter of seconds," he said. "I had never really seen anything like it." Joseph McGuire, 28, had driven all the way from Michigan to see the concert. "I was bummed coming all the way here to find out the show had been cancelled, but I also thought we were pretty lucky that it didn't happen while the concert was going on," he said. "I couldn't imagine the chaos and even greater potential injuries and possible deaths had it happened during the concert."  The very unfortunate stage crash was reminiscent of a Sugarland concert last August, resulting in six deaths out in Indianapolis.  Based on the way plans descended, it was a sad day not only for fans, but also for the band who lost a close member of their group, due to another fatal, bizarre, unexpected accident. 

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