Stage collapses at Indiana school, over 12 hurt

Stage collapsed during grand finale of "American Pie" student production

Police said more than a dozen people were injured when a high school auditorium's stage collapsed during a performance Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Westfield, Indiana. (Courtesy, WTTV)
Police said more than a dozen people were injured when a high school auditorium's stage collapsed during a performance Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Westfield, Indiana. (Courtesy, WTTV)

WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — More than a dozen people were injured after a stage filled with students collapsed during a theater performance at a central Indiana high school, authorities said Thursday night.

Capt. Charles Hollowell of the Westfield Police Department said authorities didn’t have an exact number of injuries but were certain more than 12 were hurt. At least one person was critically injured after the stage gave way at Westfield High School, he said.

Hollowell did not have any further information about that person’s injuries.

No fatalities were reported.

A large group of students were on the stage during the grand finale of “American Pie” when the floor of the stage collapsed, Hollowell said.

Cameron Snyder, 18, a senior at the school about 20 miles north of Indianapolis, was watching the show.

When the stage collapsed, a mass of people ran toward it, trying to help their loved ones, Snyder said.

“I was just in a state of shock,” he said.

Chris Baldwin, who works in human resources for the high school, said regularly scheduled classes will meet Friday.

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