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Man Dies In Fall At Phish Concert At Gorge

Associated Press

An Indiana man died at a weekend Phish concert in the Gorge Amphitheater of injuries apparently suffered when he fell from a parked car, authorities said Monday.

Brian L. Taylor, 21, of Silver Lake, Ind., was apparently sitting on an open window of the car when he fell and hit his head Saturday night. He was pronounced dead at nearby Quincy Valley Hospital.

During three concerts over the weekend, more than 500 people were cited for infractions including drug use, trespassing, theft and traffic violations, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department said. About 36 people were arrested for investigation of various charges.

More than 40,000 people attended the concerts - the Summer Jam of contemporary R&B sponsored by Seattle radio station KUBE on Friday night, and concerts by the psychedelic rock group Phish on Saturday and Sunday.

“Obviously there were more people than we anticipated,” Sheriff Bill Wiester said. “When you have that many people, you have problems.”

Mark Hammack, 25, of Tacoma was stabbed in the back early Saturday after the Summer Jam, Wiester said. He was treated for the injury and released. No arrests were made in connection with the stabbing.

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