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Advertising Tower Collapses in Parking Lot, Killing One Fan, Injuring 19 Others in South Africa
One woman died and 19 other fans were injured outside a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday after scaffolding collapsed during high winds.
The accident occurred in the parking area outside Cape Town Stadium before the band's performance, which went on as scheduled. Photos in South African media show a toppled advertising tower for the energy drink company Lucozade.
The American rock group was not informed of the incident until after their show, according to a statement on their website.
"Following our performance tonight at Cape Town Stadium, we were advised that several people were injured as a result of the collapse of an advertising tower erected by Lucozade in the parking area outside the venue.
We wish to express our deep sadness and concern for those injured and our heartfelt condolences to the family of the fan who died as a result of her injuries.
Though we have had no relationship with the sponsor or the entity responsible for erecting the structure, we take the safety of our fans very seriously and our thoughts are with all of those who were affected by this tragedy."
Big Concerts, which organized the concert, released a statement expressing their "deepest sympathies and condolences" to the victims and their families.
According to News24.com, a police investigation has been launched to probe whether the proper permits and procedures were taken when erecting the tower.
Linkin Park now heads to Johannesburg for a show on Nov. 10.