By Dave Karger
Updated August 14, 2011 at 08:37 PM EDT

Singer Sara Bareilles has responded to Saturday’s stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair, which occurred soon after she finished a performance there. “The accident at the Indiana State Fair felt like a bad dream,” Bareilles said in a statement of the collapse, which killed five concertgoers and injured approximately 40 others. “The weather changed in a matter of minutes and the stage collapsed in a matter of seconds. We are shocked and saddened by this horribly tragic circumstance and we are all praying for those affected. The emergency response was incredibly speedy and the people of Indiana as well as the crews from the show were beyond brave and working hard to help each other. My heart aches for the lives lost or injured as well as their families. We will do whatever we possibly can to help heal the hurt from this very sad day.” Bareilles was the opening act for Sugarland, who was set to perform before high winds brought down the stage.

(Reporting by Leah Greenblatt)