Manslaughter Case Opened Into Madonna's Stage Accident

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Manslaughter Case Opened Into Madonna\'s Stage Accident
Authorities are now investigating into the tragic accident that happened yesterday involving a crane falling on several of Madonna’s tour workers, killing two of them.

According to the Associated Press, prosecutors have opened a manslaughter investigation into case. Initial hearings will begin this coming Sunday or Monday.

Briton Charles Prow, 23, died on Friday, while an unnamed French worker was killed immediately when a section of the stage roof at the Velodrome Stadium collapsed as it was being put into place on Thursday. Eight other people were injured in the accident in Marseille.

A rep for E S Group, the company hired to build the stage for Madonna's Marseille concert just released the following statement to TMZ:

"We were incredibly saddened by the tragic accident during the construction of a stage at the Velodrome at Marseille. Our thoughts at this current time go out to the families and loved ones of the two men who died and to those who have been injured.

Two of our Directors have flown out to Marseille to visit the injured and to get a better understanding of what caused the accident. At present, it would not be appropriate to speculate on potential causes of the accident, but we are working closely with the French authorities to investigate what caused this incident. This is normal practice for such an incident and we will provide a further update as soon as it is possible.

There is absolutely no technical or other connection between the incident at the Dodgers Stadium in November 2008 and the tragic accident yesterday (July 16 2009) at the Velodrome in Marseille."

Madonna has voiced her sympathy to the families of the victims. We certainly hope this isn’t foul play. Such a tragic thing to have happened.
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