One person was killed and dozens were injured Saturday afternoon in the collapse of the scene that had been mounted for the Radiohead concert, Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Toronto.
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TORONTO - One person died and three were injured when a stage collapsed ahead of Radiohead concert at Toronto's Downsview Park on Saturday.
Members of the stage crew were setting up for the Radiohead concert around 4 p.m. "when the top portion of the stage collapsed on top of them," police say.
The collapse prompted a city-wide response by emergency service response teams.
No members of the public were in the area at the time as the gates had yet to be opened to the concert area.
"My understanding is they were all stage crew," Const. Tony Vella said. "They were simply preparing for the concert."
One man in his mid-30s was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Toronto Fire Services platoon chief Tony Bellavance confirmed firefighters assisted in extricating the man after they arrived on scene and found reports of someone trapped under the stage.
"It was a crushing injury," he said. "It was bad enough, unfortunately, it killed the man."
The remaining staff on the stage ran from the area when they heard it coming down, according to police.
Toronto Emergency Services already had an ambulance on the scene in preparation for the concert. The unit responded immediately.
Apart from the deceased, three other men were injured. One was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital with a non-life-threatening head injury and later released.
The other two were treated on scene for minor injuries.
Other park workers were in the field when the stage collapsed. The park was evacuated soon after.
Road closures nearby tied up traffic in the hours immediately after the collapse.
The identity of the deceased man is not being disclosed until the next-of-kin has been notified, police said last night.
Vella said the force is collaborating with the Ontario Ministry of Labour to investigate the exact sequence of events leading up to the collapse.
From his understanding, the stage was erectly mainly for the Radiohead concert. He urged witnesses to come forward so they can piece together what happened.
Police have not confirmed who owns the stage.
According to customer service, TicketMaster is automatically refunding the cost of tickets to credit cards.
Tickets bought at retail outlets can be refunded at the respective points of purchase.
Last year, two music festivals suffered from a similar fate barely a month apart.
In July 2011, Ottawa Bluesfest saw the stage collapse after a strong gust of wind 20 minutes into Cheap Trick's set.
In August the same year, a stage collapsed at Indiana State Fair, leaving seven dead.