On August 2, 2015, at approximately 2:45 p.m., a microburst rolled through western Chicagoland and wreaked havoc on suburban Wood Dale’s Prairie Fest. As the storm hit, festival attendees took to the main tent for shelter from the rain and hail. However, the tent buckled under the storm’s winds and sent its tarp and support poles, along with audio equipment from the nearby concert stage, flying onto the crowd.
Steven Nincic, 35, of Wood Dale, was struck and killed by one of the tent’s support pole. 15 others were injured by other flying debris and taken to area hospitals. Several others were treated on the scene for minor injuries. According to the Wood Dale Police Department, the victims all ranged between 20 and 60 years old.
The collapsed tent made rescue attempts difficult, as first responders had to cut holes to free those who were trapped underneath the tent after it came to rest. The rest of the family festival was immediately cancelled.
Festival and carnival organizers need to protect patrons by properly and adequately designing, constructing, maintaining, and operating the event and equipment. If you, or someone you know, were injured while attending a festival, contact a personal injury attorney as quickly as possible to discuss whether or not you are entitled to recover for your injuries.
In addition to carnival and festival injury cases, the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continue to handle all types of product liability, wrongful death, and premises accident cases, along with other personal injury cases for clients in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, and Kendall Counties, including Chicago, Wheaton, Joliet, Geneva, Elgin, and the entire Chicagoland area