Man killed when storm slams tent down on crowd in Wood Dale

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Steve Nincic with his wife Nicole. Photo used with permission.

Steve Nincic with his wife Nicole. Photo used with permission.

WOOD DALE, Ill. — A 35-year-old man has been named as the person killed when a tent collapsed during a brief storm at a suburban Chicago festival.

Police identified Steven Nincic, a resident of the suburb of Wood Dale where the incident happened on Sunday afternoon, as the fatality.

Nincic, a truck driver spending weekend time with his wife and two young children, was hit in the head by one of the tent poles and killed.

They said 15 people were injured and transported to local hospitals. Among the 15 was a Wood Dale police officer. The officer suffered a leg injury and is recovering at home.

A village official was also among the injured.

Several other slightly injured people were treated at the scene and released, according to a statement from the Wood Dale police department posted on Facebook.

Witnesses said a strong wind gust picked the tent up and slammed it down to the ground on some of the crowd.

Attorney Louis Cairo says he’ll file a motion immediately asking a judge to stop clean up at the festival grounds so investigators can inspect the construction of the tent.

Wood Dale police say they’ll also be reviewing the festival organizers’ actions as severe weather approached the event.

The passing storm brought high winds and hail.  This was on the last day of Prairie Fest near Wood Dale Junior High School.

Some people sought shelter underneath a tent that was uprooted by 60 mile-per-hour winds.

"The pole started falling the other way, and I saw that the whole tent had fallen over. From there it was just chaos," said John Andersen whose band was going to perform.

Monday morning, the area was still roped off with crime scene tape.

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