Fans Injured at Backstreet Boys Concert After Storm-Related Incident

Sergio Cunningham
August 19, 2018

Kevin Richardson, a member of the Backstreet Boys who were slated to play Saturday night at Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. tweeted around 6:30 that a tent collapsed and some people seeking shelter there were injured.

'However, about 150 patrons who were standing in line for the Backstreet Boys concert did not heed staff's warnings'.

At about 5 p.m., as severe weather moved into the area, Winstar officials evacuated the venue and asked fans to take shelter from the storm, the casino said.

The storm knocked down "entrance trusses" due to 70 to 80 miles per hour winds and injured 14 people, according to the casino. At least 14 people were taken to area hospitals, some of them rushed away on stretchers. Two of the injured concertgoers have already been released.

The injured were treated at the scene by Love County, Oklahoma, paramedics and others who responded along with police and highway patrol officers.

The 90s group, made up of Richardson, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough all confirmed the gig was cancelled.

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"We are disappointed that tonight's show was canceled due to the inclement weather", said 98 Degrees via the band's Twitter page. "So sad as I was really excited for us to rock Oklahoma tonight. But safety is first", he said. "Hope everyone's ok and safe", he wrote.

Crew attend to fallen metal structure at Backstreet Boys concert in Thackerville, Oklahoma, U.S. August 18, 2018 in this photo obtained from social media.

He has told them to hang on to their tickets because the band will be back.

'We know many of you traveled to be here today.

Howie D., left, Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter, AJ McLean and Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys perform on ABC's "Good Morning America" in Central Park, Friday, in NY.

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