Jean Ann Crenshaw, a 47-year-old Louisville, Ky. who attended the opening show in Garth Brooks' seven-concert stand in Nashville, suffered a fractured nose and facial lacerations after a crew member apparently dropped a metal pole from the Bridgestone Arena roof into the floor seats while Trisha Yearwood was onstage. One of the woman’s wounds, which required five stitches, came within half an inch of piercing her eye.
Garth Brooks' team and arena executives were still trying to assess the incident.
The pole fell after Yearwood hosted a surprise mid-concert confetti-and-balloon celebration onstage for Brooks and songwriter Mitch Rossell, recognizing Brooks' No. 1 Country Airplay single "Ask Me How I Know." When balloons failed to drop over the first 25 rows, a crew member could be seen poking at the netting with a pole. After Yearwood announced they should let it go, the audience turned its attention back to the stage. Minutes later, the balloons fell, and so did the pole. Crenshaw never saw it coming.
Representatives for both the arena and Brooks exchanged phone numbers with Crenshaw before she was taken to Vanderbilt and promised they would be in touch. She has hired an attorney.
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