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August 15th, 2011
07:03 AM ET

Eyewitness describes what was it like to be in the crowd during the Indiana State Fair stage collapse

A massive gust of wind toppled the main stage at a Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday night, killing five people and injuring dozens of fans who were waiting for the country music band to perform.

Shortly after the collapse, many concertgoers quickly turned into first responders, trying to lift the scaffolding off of the crowd and rushing to treat the injured.

24-year old Jenn Gioe was one of the concertgoers who experienced the disaster firsthand. Gioe was sitting in the seventh row at the concert and witnessed the stage collapse.

Gioe joins Carol Costello on American Morning today to discuss the emergency response effort and to explain what it was like to be in the crowd that night.

Filed under: Indiana State Fair
August 15th, 2011
05:32 AM ET

Talk Back: What does President Obama need to tell middle America?

President Obama departs on a three-day Midwest bus tour today aimed at trying to reassure Americans about the economy and job creation as he looks towards the 2012 presidential election.

The trip will take Obama to three states that will be crucial to his re-election in 2012: Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. On his tour, he's likely to be met with criticism by people who, according to recent polls, are frustrated with the country's high unemployment numbers and unhappy with the political gridlock on Capitol Hill.

Talk Back: What does President Obama need to tell middle America?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on today's broadcast.

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