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Elton John's Stage Collapse


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Elton John stage collapse in Mexico injures three

April 2, 2010
In ruins...The damaged stage being set up for Elton John's April 3 concert near the Mayan pyramids of southern Mexico.

In ruins...The damaged stage being set up for Elton John's April 3 concert near the Mayan pyramids of southern Mexico. Photo: Reuters

Three workers have been injured after the stage for an upcoming Elton John concert collapsed at the Maya pyramids of Chichen Itza, in southern Mexico, event organisers said.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital where two were promptly released but the third was retained for surgery to a fractured leg, concert organiser Jorge Esma told AFP.

The concert, scheduled for Saturday, "will not be cancelled" despite the damage, which is being repaired at full speed, he added.

The stage collapsed when the upper section of an 80-metre-high metal structure came crashing down.

The accident cut off tourist access to the archeological site all Thursday.

In a similar accident on July 16 last year, a Frenchman and a Briton were killed and eight others injured when part of the stage being built for a Madonna concert at Marseille's Stade Velodrome in southern France collapsed.

That concert was cancelled and Madonna visited the families of the accident victims in France.

Elton John's concert on Saturday will be the third musical event held at Chichen Itza in the past few years, after Spanish tenor Placido Domingo performed in 2008 and British soprano Sarah Brightman in 2009.

AFP

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