A stage collapse just hours before a Radiohead concert in Canada has left one man dead and three others injured, Canadian officials report.
The Edge, a Toronto-based radio station, was sponsoring the concert. The concert was set to take place at the Downtown Park venue. The sold-out event was set to accommodate a crowd of 40,000 people. Emergency Medical Services deputy commander David Viljakainen said that three people were treated for injuries, but one man died after being trapped under the rubble of the collapsed stage.
The stage was still being set up when it collapsed.
Fire Services Platoon Chief Tony Bellavance said that the deceased passed away due to a crushing injury.
One employee with The Edge, Dustin Lalas, described the incident. Lalas said that there was a sound that reminded him of sheet metal and lightning, just before he saw the stage crash to the ground. Police spokesman Tony Vella described the incident in detail.
“They were setting up when the top portion collapsed on top of them. Unfortunately, four people were hurt. The remainder of the people, when they heard the stage coming down, ran from the area,” Vella said.
The concert was subsequently cancelled.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances tonight’s concert at Downsview Park tonight has been canceled,” the band wrote on their Twitter page. “Fans are advised not to make their way to the venue”.