WOOD DALE, Ill. – One person was killed and up to 20 injured on Sunday when a tent collapsed during a brief storm at a festival in a suburb of Chicago.
Art Woods, a city council member from the suburb of Wood Dale, said three of the victims were injured seriously and taken to local hospitals.
The incident happened at about 2:40 p.m. when high winds and hail blew the tent from its moorings, said Craig Celia, a spokesman for Wood Dale, which is about 25 miles northwest of Chicago. The remainder of the festival's final day has been cancelled, he said.
Photos of the scene showed police and fire officials holding up a sheet over a body and chairs, tables and other debris strewn on the grass near where the tent collapsed.
Tracy Anderson told the Chicago Tribune that her husband saw the tent blow up in the air and land on several people.
The annual celebration known as the Prairie Fest is a four-day event with food, live music, a carnival and fireworks. Thousands of people attend the event and there were around 5,000 there on Saturday night, Woods said.