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Costner feels "lucky to be alive" following deadly stage collapse

Monday, August 3, 2009 – Kevin Costner and Modern West escaped Saturday's deadly accident at a Canada country music fest, issuing a statement that he felt "how lucky we are to be alive."

Costner and his manager Nick Meinama were caught underneath the stage, which collapsed, but wiggled to safety. Neither was hurt. Costner's road manager and guitar player were hurt, but the ambulance and the paramedics took them immediately to the hospital, where they were treated and released several hours later after being banged up. Billy Currington was performing when the stage collapsed. He was slightly hurt, but released from the hospital. His bass player suffered more extensive injuries, severing an artery and nerves in his left arm.

In the wake of Saturday's tragic accident at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta, it is difficult to know what to say," Costner said in a statement on his web site. "We would like to extend our warmest sympathy to the family and friends of Donna Moore, who was killed, as well as the family and friends of all those who were injured. Our prayers go out to you, and we wish with all our hearts that your loved ones' stories from the festival were filled only with fond memories of music and celebration."

"We would like to thank all of the Camrose and Edmonton rescue workers, who responded so valiantly and quickly in the midst of the chaos, as well as the superb staff and volunteers of St. Mary's Hospital in Camrose. Your efforts were amazing, and we owe you a debt of gratitude for our health and safety. We would also like to extend our love and support to our fellow musicians and crews at the festival Saturday, many of whom gathered with us later that night outside of our busses to share stories and attempt to make sense of the day's events. We are all aware of how lucky we are to be alive, and we are so thankful to be back with our families today. However, our thoughts will continue to be with the city of Camrose and the fans at the Big Valley Jamboree, and we sincerely hope for another opportunity to share music with you."

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