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Website created to aid stage collapse investigation


INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Fair Commission has set up a website in connection with the stage collapse that killed seven, and the engineering firm hired by the state to investigate the collapse encouraged the public to post videos and photos related to the incident on the site.

The commission said it will use the site,, to provide information about the investigation as it progresses, handle credential requests from qualified individuals seeking access to the accident site, and to update schedules of when access to the site will be permitted.

Thornton Tomasetti Inc., the New York-based firm hired to investigate the Aug. 13 collapse, is limiting access to the site to lawyers, engineers and governmental entities, and will not allow access to news media representatives or the general public, according to the website.

Stage, grandstand photos

The site announces that while Thornton Tomasetti is reviewing publicly available information as part of its investigation, it also is seeking photos and video “that may assist the company in the technical collection of data.”

The engineering firm is seeking images of the stage and grandstand area before and after the collapse.

Suits already have been filed on behalf of victims of the collapse, including one filed Monday seeking class action status andtwo others that were filed Friday on behalf of a woman killed in the accident and her partner, who was injured.

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