One dead, 75 injured in Canadian music fest stage collapse

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One person died and 75 others were injured after a portion of the main stage collapsed at a major music festival in Canada.

Fans screamed and ran for cover late Saturday after the Big Valley Jamboree venue was hit by a powerful storm.

The stage gave way in sudden high winds just as American country singer Billy Currington was wrapping up his set. One of his guitarists, Doug Collins, told the Calgary Herald: “I was playing slide guitar and I have to look constantly at my hands. All of a sudden, I saw this blast coming at me and I ran off the stage.

“One amp started falling toward me and that is when it got bizarre. That’s when I ran.”

Hollywood star Kevin Costner and his band, Modern West, were backstage at the time of the collapse. Costner was okay, but according to reports, two members of his group were taken to the hospital.

The Big Valley Jamboree, held annually near Edmonton, in central Alberta, attracts thousands of music fans.