Reports of fans injured while waiting for Backstreet Boys

Courtesy of Sydney Stavinoha

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Reports are coming in about fans injured while waiting in line at WinStar Casino for the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees concert.

Witnesses say a metal structure was blown over during the storms coming into south Oklahoma and fell onto people waiting in line to enter the venue.

First responders arrived at the scene, treated and transported the injured to a nearby hospital.

Officials at WinStar say 14 people were injured in the accident.

Two of those injured have been released.

The concert was cancelled, but officials at WinStar say they are planning to reschedule.

WinStar World Casino’s official statement:

“At 5:00 p.m., WinStar World Casino and Resort officials began evacuation of the outdoor concert venue after observing that lightning was within four miles of the casino. All patrons in the area were asked to move and to seek shelter from the storm. However, about 150 patrons who were standing in line for the Backstreet Boys concert did not heed staff’s warnings.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., the storm hit and knocked over the concert entrance trusses with 70-80 mile an hour winds and heavy rain. 14 people were treated at the scene and then transported to local hospitals. Two have already been released.

Love County emergency responders, Lighthorse Police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol are on scene.

We know that fans often suffer through inclement weather for their favorite acts, but this was an unusual event and our thoughts are with those who were injured during this storm.”

The Backstreet Boys have sent their thoughts to the fans injured today.