Five injured after band cut set short in extreme weather conditions – roof comes down just as they’re being evacuated

Storm Damage: Cheap Trick's gear on the stricken stage Pic: Ottawa Fire Service

Cheap Trick last night narrowly escaped injury when they abandoned a stage just moments before it collapsed in a heavy storm.

Five people were hurt in the drama, at least one of them seriously, following a freak gust of wind which tore a festival roof canopy apart.

The power-pop rock icons were performing a set at the open-air Bluesfest event in Ottawa, Canada, when the weather turned bad.

The four-piece abandoned the show and were being evacuated from the area when the stage roof and lighting rig crashed down on the place they’d been playing.

It’s thought a gust as strong as 90mph forced the construction to collapse.

Five people were treated at the scene for injuries, with three being sent to hospital. One of them, a 46-year-old man, is in a serious condition after his abdomen was pierced and his pelvis broken by a piece of the falling stage.

Cheap Trick are said to have been thrown to the ground during the collapse, but were unharmed. Frontman Robin Zander reports: “Everyone is okay. We’re lucky to be alive and we hope all the fans are okay too.”

Ottawa Fire Services public information officer Marc Messier says: “We responded to over 180 storm-related calls, including eight water-related emergencies. We had a great response from all emergency services and volunteers at Bluesfest.”

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