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Event tarp collapses during sudden down pour, injuring five

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A tarp collapsed at a Villa Rica event Saturday afternoon, injuring five people, according to Villa Rica Mayor J. Allen Collins. It happened at the Villa Rica Civic Center and Sports Complex, known as V-Plex, shortly after 3 p.m.

Five people were taken to Tanner Medical Center where they were treated and released. They had no life-threatening injuries, according to the Mayor.

Heavy rains moving through the area began collecting on the tarp, which was set up over a stage area. Rain fell faster than water could drain from the top of tarp, according to Collins.

This happened during a two-day event called Curves & Chrome Rally for a Cure, which is a breast cancer benefit for cancer patients.

Mayor Collins said the incident is still under investigation. It is not clear at this time if the collapse was actually caused from the collection of rain or from the efforts to drain the rainwater from the tarp.

The event will continue Sunday at 10 a.m.

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