South Yorks drum technician dies in stage collapse

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A DRUM technician killed after a stage collapsed ahead of a Radiohead concert in the Canadian city of Toronto, has been named as Scott Johnson from South Yorkshire.

A relative confirmed the death of the 33-year-old, from Doncaster, who worked for British band, Keane.

Police in Toronto say the stage was being set up on Saturday when the top portion collapsed on top of him.

Three others were injured.

The band was not on stage at the time and the sell-out concert was cancelled. Investigations into the cause of the incident are continuing.

Of the others hurt in the incident at Downsview Park, one was injured seriously, medical officials said.

The collapse happened an hour before the gates were due to open for the concert, with queues already beginning to form outside. UK rock band Radiohead tweeted the performance had been cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

Emergency crews went to the scene and the area was evacuated.

Toronto police said the stage collapsed at 4pm.

The victims were all part of a team involved with setting up the stage, officials said.

Alexandra Halbert, who was working in a beer tent at the show, said she was about 200-300 yards away from the stage, with her back to it, when she heard “something that sounded like fireworks”.

“I turned around and the whole top part of the stage had collapsed, as well as the scaffolding.

“It seemed like there were a couple of minutes of hesitation and no one knew quite what to do.”