Two members of international touring band Mustang Sally were taken to the hospital following a storm of high winds and rain that blew through Celina, Ohio, on Friday, June 29, as the band was preparing for its concert at the Freedom Days 2012 Festival. Mustang Sally was on the bill to headline opening night of the popular outdoors event at Lakeshore Park.
Mandy Holbert, bass player, and Bill Strange, who is in charge of the band's transportation, were taken to a local hospital, and later released, for non-life-threatening injuries that occurred when winds brought down parts of the stage. Two crew members with the Freedom Days Festival also sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital.
"It all happened so fast, with the wind and things blowing around the stage," says Mustang Sally lead singer Tobi Lee, about the storm and events that followed. "Equipment and instruments can be replaced. We're just thankful everyone is alright."
Damage was widespead throughout a two-county area, with winds estimated at 80 mph, according to The Daily Standard, the Celina newspaper. Freedom Days organizers canceled all activities for the remainder of Friday.
"Most of the big tents are down," said Junior Donovan, one of the festival's organizers, immediately following the storm Friday. "There's no power in Celina and trees are down all over the town. There isn't going to be a show tonight."
The festival is set to resume activites at noon Saturday, with Mustang Sally rescheduled to take the main stage at 6 p.m.
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