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Stage collapse at Radiohead concert leaves one dead

The outdoor stage came crashing down hours before the concert was due to begin, crushing one man underneath.

Emergency workers around the collapsed stage after the accident
Emergency workers around the collapsed stage after the accident
Image: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

A MASSIVE STAGE collapse hours before a Radiohead concert was due to begin last night left one person dead and three others injured in Canada.

Emergency Medical Services deputy commander David Viljakainen said a man who was trapped under the rubble was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials said he was in his mid-30s.

A 45-year-old man was hospitalised with a head injury and two others were treated at the scene for minor injuries at the Downsview Park venue in Toronto, said Viljakainen.

The venue said on its website that the sold-out concert was cancelled.

Fire Services Platoon Chief Tony Bellavance said officials were alerted to a person trapped under the rubble and crews assisted in extracting the victim. “It was a crushing injury that killed the man,” he said.

Police spokesman Tony Vella said crew were setting up the stage when it collapsed.

“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.

Dusty Lalas, an employee with Toronto radio station The Edge, which was sponsoring the concert, said the structure suddenly caved in.

“There was a loud crash and it sounded like sheet metal and lightning and we just saw the stage collapse,” Lalas said.

Radiohead tweeted that “due to unforeseen circumstances tonight’s concert at downsview park tonight has been canceled. Fans are advised not to make their way to the venue.”

Radiohead’s website had listed the concert as being sold out, with 40,000 tickets sold.

Jaime Rivest, 33, said at around 4 pm the stage suddenly came down, crumpling and falling onto itself.

“It was like a tornado hit the stage and in just moments the stage came down with metal everywhere,” she said.

Rivest said security officials rushed to evacuate the area. She said there were possibly about 1,000 people there hours before Radiohead were to take the stage at 9.30pm.

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