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Aug222011

Update: Death 'Imminent' for Seventh Victim of Indiana Stage Collapse

Joey Foley/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The death of a seventh victim of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse is apparently imminent, according to corrected reports from local and national news outlets.

Earlier reports citing the Marion County Coroner's Office had erroneously stated that 24-year-old Meagan Toothman had passed, but officials have clarified earlier statements, saying now that Toothman is on life support, with "death imminent," according to ABC News affiliate WRTV.

On Friday, officials confirmed a sixth person -- Jennifer Haskell, a 22-year-old college senior at Ball State University -- had died as a result of the accident.

More than 40 people were injured Aug. 13 when a stage at the Indiana State Fair buckled and collapsed during a thunderstorm.

State officials continue to investigate the role weather played in the stage’s collapse and whether concert organizers took the proper measures in alerting people to the impending danger.

The crowd had been warned that thunderstorms were approaching and that they might have to evacuate. But the same announcer said concert organizers hoped the show would go on, so many stayed put.

Two minutes later, just before 9 p.m., it was too late.

"The funnel cloud came in and all of a sudden it started twirling around and the next thing I knew, I looked over my shoulder and the stand started coming down," witness Jay Keiser said.

Officials have said the accident was the worst at the Indiana fairgrounds since a 1963 explosion at the fairgrounds coliseum killed 74 people attending an ice skating show.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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