Dancer killed in rehearsal stage collapse before fruit fest

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The stage built for dance rehearsal for Vietnam's first fruit festival held in the Mekong Delta's Tien Giang Province collapsed Sunday morning, killing a dancer.


Dancer Nguyen Thi Tuong Vi, 23, from Dong Nai Province sustained head injuries and fell unconscious, local newswire Vietnamnet reported Wednesday.


Vi came to Tien Giang with the Rang Dong Troupe under the District 5 Cultural Center, HCMC, to prepare for the Fruit Festival that opened Monday night.


The stage collapsed when Vi and eight girls gathered in the middle. It was built by a commerce and advertisement firm in HCMC's District 7, but the firm's name was not released.


Hoc, Vi's husband and co-dancer, said his wife was knocked unconscious by the fall while the other dancers were moaning in pain with severe injuries. Hoc was not on the stage at the time.


Vi was rushed to Tien Giang General Hospital and died even as her husband was signing papers to have her admitted. She has a four-year-old son.


CAT Binh Minh, an event management and consulting firm that organized the festival, gave Vi's family VND50 million (US$2,640) at her funeral Tuesday.


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