By Melissa Maerz
Updated August 20, 2011 at 11:27 PM EDT

The first lawsuit has been filed over the Indiana State Fair stage collapse that killed six people last week, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Injury attorney Kenneth J Allen has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of 42-year-old Tammy VanDam, who was of one of the victims, contending that flimsy stage construction and failure to heed warnings of “severe thunder storms” lead directly to the tragedy.

His suit alleges that organizers “did not reasonably exercise due care in the design, set-up, configuration, layout, and construction of the concert stage area” and also maintains that the stage overloaded with equipment and failed to meet the safety guidelines mandated by Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Indiana State Fair officials declined to comment, but the Indianapolis Star has reported that two outside firms have been hired to investigate why the stage collapsed.

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