Person killed in accident at country jamboree; Currington, Costner escape serious injury
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Person killed in accident at country jamboree; Currington, Costner escape serious injury

Sunday, August 2, 2009 – One concert goer was killed at a country music festival in Canada after the stage collapsed with Billy Currington playing. The singer was unhurt, but at least 60 others were injured, including a member of his band.

The accident occurred at the Big Valley Jamboree in Edmonton, Canada. It was not clear who died.

The festival started July 30 and wax slated to end Sunday, but Sunday's performances were cancelled by the organizers. Tim McGraw was among the performers slated for Sunday. High winds and heavy rains led to the disaster, according to the promoter. News 800 AM's web site had more information about what happened. According to the web site, concert-goer Susan Noden described "the sky as kind of gotten blacken-greenish color. I thought there would just be a storm and some rain like any other time. I sat down, and the next thing I know, I'm being hit by flying chairs. There's a dust cloud. When the dust dimmed a little bit, I could see the stage was down. The girders that the crew had been working on just 10 minutes before, were snapped like toothpicks."

Singer Jessie Farrell said, "I finished my set, and then Billy Currington went up. He was on the last song, and the whole - we're in the dark right now because there's no power, thousands of people, in the trade center, in the dark, and we're all soaking wet - and his whole band - the whole stage collapsed on them and pieces started flying everywhere - poles started flying everywhere, they can't find their bass player, and Billy Currington was hit in the head with a pole."

Currington and his bass player were taken to the hospital.

Kevin Costner was at Big Valley Jamboree, but escaped injury. He did however escort others to the hospital.

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