Posted by Mike Florio on August 19, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT
As the Colts prepare to host the Redskins tonight at Lucas Oil Field, Colts owner Jim Irsay is preparing to donate $1 for each ticket distributed to the victims of the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair and their families. The team also will be encouraging fans to donate $10 to the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund by texting FAIR to 27722*.
“Last Saturday our community was shaken to the core as we witnessed a tragedy that claimed five lives and left many injured. Through this heartbreaking accident, we have seen the strength, courage and compassion of Hoosiers across this great state,” Irsay said in a release issued by the team. “As we remember those we lost and offer our thoughts and prayers, I invite our fans to join us in lending a hand to help these families through this difficult time.”
The horrifying incident, though characterized by those with a vested interest in avoiding legal or moral accountability as a fluke, wasn’t. As our friends at Weather.com (and NBC property) point out, the coming weather conditions were clearly known. A full 10 minutes before the collapse, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning — including a specific warning of wind gusts greater than 60 miles per hour.
All too often, we’re oblivious or ambivalent about bad weather, ignoring it until it’s directly on top of us. In all too many cases, that mistake — whether involving multiple deaths due to a supposedly “fluke” occurrence or individual lightning strikes all across the country — is fatal.