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Kevin Costner escapes injury after Canada stage collapses, killing one

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The Hollywood star was preparing to go on stage at a Canadian country music festival with his band Modern West when a freak windstorm struck, toppling the stage. Witnesses say debris fell around the star (pictured in May) but he was unhurt
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Spectators fled in panic as winds of up to 100mph ripped through the festival site at Camrose, a city about 45 miles south-east of Edmonton
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03 AUGUST 2009

Kevin Costner and his band Modern West were forced to run for cover from a severe windstorm that toppled a concert stage in Alberta, Canada, killing one person and injuring as many as 75.

The Hollywood star's outfit were preparing to go on stage when the storm struck around 6pm on Saturday at The Big Valley Jamboree, held annually at Camrose, a city about 45 miles south-east of Edmonton.

Witnesses say debris fell around Kevin and his manager, Nick Meinama, but both escaped injury.

Spectators fled in panic as winds of up to 100mph ripped through the festival site.

Nashville musician Billy Currington and his band were just wrapping up their performance when the storm hit. One of the group's guitarists Doug Collins described what happened.

"All of a sudden, I saw this blast coming at me and I ran off stage," he told a Canadian newspaper. "One amp started falling towards me and that is when it got bizarre. That's when I ran."

Police have not disclosed the identity of the person who died, but they are believed to be a festival-goer rather than a worker or musician. Two people are understood to be still in hospital in a critical condition.

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