(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A mother is telling her story of survival after she and her daughter were buried under a collapsing stage at the Indiana State Fair.
“My mom was a few feet ahead of me and she pointed. I just kind of looked over my shoulder and you just saw the stage swaying. So I grabbed Maggie and just said ‘run!,’” Laura Magdziarz recalled from moments as the stage fell Saturday prior to country band Sugarland performing.
Magdziarz and her three-year-old daughter Maggie were trapped under the stage for a few minutes after the collapse.
“That’s really all I remember until I woke up and where we were was pitch black. You would have thought it was midnight. I didn’t quite realize where I was and the impact of what happened,” she said.
Magdziarz' left leg and knee were hurt. She was pulled from the debris by some of the dozens of fans and emergency workers who came to the rescue.
“There’s not enough words to express my gratitude. I mean those people went above and beyond. They just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”
Doctors don't yet know if Maggie will regain full use of an arm that was injured.
Magdziarz said it was the first concert for her daughters and they were excited to be in the pit in front of the stage.
She thanked the people at the concert who responded quickly, saying without the prompt attention her young daughter might not have survived.
“It was supposed to be a good day for the kids. I mean, you never in your wildest lifetime thought that something like this could happen,” Magdziarz said.
Five people were killed in the accident and 45 others were injured. Indiana State Police say with many victims still in critical condition at Indianapolis area hospitals, the death toll could still rise.
Among those still in bad shape is 11-year-old Jade Walcott, of Erlanger, Ky. She was at the concert with her mother, Shannon Walcott, 34.
Jade remained in critical condition at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis Monday according to her grandmother, Colleen Berger. The girl has been in a medically induced coma since undergoing surgery for a head injury.
Shannon is suffering from a broken pelvis and ribs at Wishard Hospital.
The Walcott family does not have health insurance. Donations to assist with their upcoming medical bills can be made to any one of three funds at local banks:
-Shannon and Jade Recovery Trust at PNC Bank.
-Jade Walcott Benefit Fund at Fifth Third Bank.
-Shannon and Jade Walcott Fund at the Bank of Kentucky.