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Tour Manager May Be Key To Stage Collapse Lawsuits

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MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Sugarland's tour manager has become the focus of lawyers seeking millions in damages for the families of seven people who died and dozens who were injured in a deadly stage collapse at the 2011 Indiana State Fair.

Hellen Rollens is widely credited with saving the lives of the country duo by pulling them into a prayer circle just before the stage rigging collapsed in heavy winds.

Fair officials said they had a concert promoter ask the band to delay the show, but Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush said they were never asked.

Attorneys want to know if Rollens relayed officials' concerns to the band.

Merrillville attorney Kenneth J. Allen released excerpts of Nettles' video testimony Monday. Nettles said she didn't think it was the band's responsibility to evacuate fans.

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