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IN Governor holds prayer service for victims of stage collapse

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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is calling Saturday's collapse at the Indiana State Fair an unthinkable tragedy.

Daniels will led a prayer service at the fair at 9 a.m.

Indiana's lieutenant governor opened a Memorial service for five people killed in a weekend stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair with a prayer expressing thanks for those who rushed to help immediately after high winds toppled stage rigging.

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman told about 500 people gathered for the service at the fairgrounds' Free Stage that the people who rushed to help "set aside their personal concerns and moved toward the accident and not away" to help the injured Saturday.

She says that selfless spirit "is and will continue to be the silver lining in times of disaster."

Gov. Mitch Daniels and others sat in folding chairs on the stage lined with bouquets of sunflowers while many in the audience sobbed or hugged each other.

Five people were killed when strong winds caused the stage to collapse as fans waited for the band Sugarland to perform.

Fair officials were preparing in the event of severe weather, but an evacuation order was never given.

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the collapse.


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