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State of Indiana settles Sugarland stage collapse lawsuit

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The state of Indiana has settled its lawsuit with the victims of the Sugarland stage collapse earlier this year.

In August, seven people died when a stage collapsed at a concert in Indianapolis, shortly before the country duo were due to perform.

The state will offer a total of $5 million (£3.22 million) in compensation to the victims of the stage collapse, according to Indianapolis's KRTV.

63 of the 65 claimants in the lawsuit have accepted this settlement to date. The estates of those who died will each receive $300,000 (£193,314), while the 58 individuals who were injured in the collapse will divide up the remaining money.

The lawsuit is one of several in progress as a result of the incident.

Over 50 people have named Sugarland, concert promoters, stage riggers and the company who built the stage in a lawsuit, and it has been alleged that the band's contract gave them the final say on any cancellation due to adverse weather.

Sugarland held a free memorial concert last month at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in honour of those who died.

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