Backstreet Boys Concert Faces Tragedy
At least 14 Backstreet Boys fans have been injured after a metal structure at an outdoor concert venue collapsed in a storm in the US state of Oklahoma. Staff were evacuating fans when rain and winds of 70-80mph knocked over the concert entrance trusses, the venue said in a statement.
All of the people injured were taken to hospital. Two have since been released. In a tweet, the US band cancelled the show, saying: “We never want to put our fans in harm’s way.”
When the storm hit, it knocked over trusses and the entrance collapsed on top of them. The casualties were treated at the scene and transported to nearby hospitals. One fan, who said she witnessed the incident unfold, tweeted video showing emergency vehicles at the scene.
Current scene at #WinStarWorldCasino. My stomach is in knots. A pavillion collapsed in front of us on people waiting in line at the @backstreetboys concert. #oknews #BSB #okwx pic.twitter.com/7Km54rfbg7
— Sydney Stavinoha (@SydneyStavinoha) August 18, 2018
After the incident occurred, Backstreet Boys said that they would try to reschedule the concert.
We never want to put our fans in harm’s way and with tonight’s weather and the injuries from earlier, we have decided to cancel the show and will attempt to reschedule. The most important thing is for everyone to get home safely and we will see you all very soon!
— backstreetboys (@backstreetboys) August 19, 2018