44 hurt at Deep Purple concert
Saturday 01 March 1997
Around 44 people were injured when a sound and lighting tower collapsed in a packed stadium at the start of a concert in Chile by British rock group, Deep Purple, officials said yesterday. The accident happened on Thursday night at the Santa Laura stadium in Santiago.
It was an inauspicious start to the Latin American tour by the group, whose 1970s hits include "Smoke on the Water". Dozens of people had climbed up on to the metal tower to get a better view, but the structure had crumbled under their weight and crashed down on to spectators. Reuters - Santiago
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