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- Posted on Aug 18th 2011 2:20PM by Cameron Matthews
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While details are still unfolding, Yahoo! News -- citing Belgian media outlets -- has confirmed that three people (not four as was previously reported) have died and at least 71 people have been injured.
Just before the concert, singer Cullen Omori tweeted "Looks like it's going to rain." Several minutes later, Omari returned to the site to report the collapse and the band's gear had been destroyed.
"Stage collapsed max almost got crushed by the tress. I hope pukkelpop has insurance bc all our s--- is broke." Cullen then followed with "Praying no one got hurt. Wtf."
"We had just finished the first song of our set at Pukkelpop when the stage/tent started shaking and simply thought it was a storm passing through," frontman Omori said in an official statement. "I made a comment about Cheap Trick and we were about to play the next one when our tour manager yelled at me to run off the stage. Right then the tress collapsed one foot in front of Max. At this point we thought only the stage broke, not the tent.
"Amid the chaos it was hard to tell exactly what had happened, but after the rescue teams started coming in it became clear that there were severe injuries and we are now being told there are reports of multiple deaths. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones in today's tragedy."
This is the fourth stage collapse this summer with Cheap Trick avoiding being crushed at the Ottawa Bluesfest, the Flaming Lips' narrow escape at an outdoor show in Oklahoma and the horrific stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair that killed five people.