Guitarist recalls high school stage collapse

Blake Rice talks with 24-Hour News 8 (WISH Photo)

WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — “It seemed so surreal.”

Student Blake Rice was on stage Thursday night playing guitar for Westfield Washington High School’s performance of “American Pie” when chaos erupted.

Dozens of students were dancing on the stage when the orchestra pit collapsed under them.

Rice spoke with 24-Hour News 8’s Teresa Mackin and Scott Sander Friday morning.

Click play in the video box for his interview. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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