After three years since the stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair prior to Sugarland taking the stage, a legal settlement between the duo, Live Nation and the victims has come to head.
According to the Associated Press, Sugarland's Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles, along with Live Nation and 16 other defendants, will pay a total of $39 million to settle claims from the incident.
The tragedy happened prior to the band hitting the stage for their performance, with high winds threatening for severe weather to occur. Minutes before the show was scheduled to begin, the wind caused the stage to collapse, injuring hundreds of fans and killing seven people in attendance.
As part of the settlement, other lawsuits from the case were dismissed. A confidentiality clause prohibits disclosing how much each defendant is paying, but the money will be distributed to the plaintiffs based on severity of injury and whether the accident resulted in death.
This settlement allows the band to get back to working together sometime in the future. While no timetable on the reunion is imminent, we suspect that the duo is at the very least glad to have the tragic incident (which changed their lives forever) in their rearview windows.