Oklahoma — At least 14 people have been injured and transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to begin a concert in Oklahoma collapsed.
WinStar World Casino and Resort says in a statement posted on Twitter on Saturday that the resort began an evacuation at about17:00 when lightning was within four miles (6.4km) of the casino.
The company says about 150 patrons did not evacuate and when the storm hit with 70-80 mph (113-128 kph) winds, it knocked over trusses and the entrance collapsed on them. Of the 14 people taken to a hospital, two have been released.
READ THE STATEMENT HERE:
Official statement regarding the situation at the Colosseum at WinStar: https://t.co/AMP7UJhY4C— WinStar World Casino and Resort (@WinStarWorld) August 19, 2018
WinStar later said the concert was postponed to a later date.
READ THE ADDITIONAL STATEMENT HERE:
Official statement on the status of tonight’s show at the Colosseum at WinStar: https://t.co/SwN9gmKqc3— WinStar World Casino and Resort (@WinStarWorld) August 19, 2018
Backstreet Boy band members took to Twitter keeping fans updated and sharing well wishes to those who were injured.
SEE TWEETS HERE:
We never want to put our fans in harm's way and with tonight’s weather and the injuries from earlier, we have decided to cancel the show and will attempt to reschedule. The most important thing is for everyone to get home safely and we will see you all very soon!— backstreetboys (@backstreetboys) August 19, 2018
Update... unfortunately, due to damage sustained in the storm earlier this evening, we are unable to perform the show tonight. Safety is always #1. Keep your tickets because, Backstreet WILL BE BACK! ?????— Kevin Richardson (@kevinrichardson) August 19, 2018
Waiting and praying for our fans that were injured. If we can perform were ready to go. But safety is first. pic.twitter.com/0GlB9fbmoc— Nick Carter (@nickcarter) August 19, 2018