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Astroworld Festival - Eight dead, many injured in mass panic at American music festival - News

Astroworld Festival – Eight dead, many injured in mass panic at American music festival – News

  • Eight people were killed and at least 300 others were injured in a mass eruption of the Astroworld Festival in Houston, USA.
  • The mass panic began shortly after 9 p.m. during a show by rapper Travis Scott.
  • Television images show that the previous afternoon, hundreds of people ran over an entrance and gained access to the site.

The local authorities confirmed the deaths and injuries. “The crowd began to gather in front of the platform, causing panic and some injuries,” said Samuel Peña, chief of the Houston Fire Department. “People started losing consciousness, which caused more panic.” Then the show was cancelled.

Officers took 17 people to hospital, including 11 who had cardiac arrest. Many people are also treated on site at NRG Park, where a field hospital has been established. According to Peña, about 50,000 people attended the festival. The fire chief added that officials did not know the exact causes of the eight deaths. The coroner will investigate this.

The identity of the deceased was not known until early Saturday. Authorities set up a center in a hotel for family members who were unable to reach relatives who attended the event.

The festival has apparently already been broken into

Astroworld is a two-day music festival that should take place in Houston on Fridays and Saturdays. The event is sold out, according to Astroworld. Saturday shows have been cancelled. Peña said organizers made sure medical units were on site, but when the attack of visitors began, these units were quickly overwhelmed.

Houston Police Chief Troy Viner called for calm and urged people not to jump to conclusions about the cause of the attack. “I think it’s very important that none of us speculate. Nobody has all the answers tonight,” Wiener said.

He added that there were many rumors about the event that the authorities would investigate. “We’ll investigate and find out because it’s not fair to the producers or anyone else involved if we don’t find out what happened and what caused the wave,” he said. “We don’t know, but we’ll find out.”

Images from ABC13 Houston TV show how hundreds of people ran over the entrance to the festival in the afternoon, thus gaining access to the grounds. The security forces were only able to stop the flow after some time.