Winstar concert goers hurt after temporary wall collapses before Backstreet Boys show

Joann Johnston
August 19, 2018

At least 14 fans were injured at a Backstreet Boys concert in Thackerville, Okla. on Saturday after a storm hit and knocked over the venue's entrance trusses.

WinStar World Casino and Resort says in a statement posted on Twitter Saturday that the resort began an evacuation at about 5 p.m. when lightning was within four miles of the casino.

"At approximately 5:30pm, the storm hit and knocked over the concert entrance trusses with 70-80 mile an hour winds and heavy rain", Winstar spokeswoman Kym Koch Thompson said in the statement. The spokesperson said 14 people were treated at the scene and then taken to local hospitals.

The concert was cancelled, but officials at WinStar say they are planning to reschedule.

The Backstreet Boys tweeted they had chose to cancel the show due to the injuries and severe weather.

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The Backstreet Boys, often referred to as BSB, formed in 1993 and rose to fame in the late 90s.

A NUMBER of Backstreet Boys fans have been injured while queuing for a concert in Oklahoma.

Another fan at the scene tweeted that officials had to use a forklift to remove a metal sign that fell onto people. Two individuals have since been released, the company said, adding that officers from the Lighthorse Police and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, as well as Love County emergency responders, responded to the scene.

On the verified account for 98 Degrees, the band tweeted, "For those of you attending the show tonight in Thackerville- we are still waiting on more information and will update you as soon as we know anything". If we can perform were ready to go.

"Waiting and praying for our fans that were injured". Keep your tickets because, Backstreet WILL BE BACK!' "But safety is first", he said.

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