1 Dead and 15 Injured in Chicago Tent Collapse
About the Tent Collapse Accident
High winds and hail caused a tent to uproot at a Chicago festival on Sunday, August 2, reports Reuters.
Steven Nincic, 35, a resident of the city, was killed in the accident. 15 others were sent to the hospital with injuries around 2:40 p.m. while others were treated at the scene, said the Wood Dale Police Department.
The festival, called Prairie Fest, is a four-day event which features music, carnival, and fireworks entertainment along with food. Visitors took shelter under the tent during the oncoming storm until the poor weather conditions caused the tent to collapse.
A festival visitor who sought shelter under the tent, Bella Salgado, 11, told the Daily Herald: “everybody started screaming, and we saw people falling…It was really, really scary.”
The same storm system also temporarily shut down the nearby Lollapalooza music festival.
Weather Fatality Statistics
- The National Weather Service reports that 54 people died due to wind-related weather in 2014.
- In 2012, 54 were killed and 40 were injured in high wind weather hazard situations in the U.S.
- High wind weather hazards caused $4 billion worth of property damage in the United States in 2012.