Eight people have been killed and more than 300 injured in a concert by American rapper Travis Scott
About 50,000 fans flocked to hear American rapper Travis Scott. Panic erupted as it became increasingly narrow in front of the stage – dead and wounded.
At least eight people have been killed and more than 300 injured in a panic at a music festival in the United States. The crash happened Friday evening (Saturday morning CET) at the AstroWorld Festival in Houston, Texas. The exact cause is not yet known, said Houston Fire Chief Samuel Bena. About 50,000 people attended the festival, which was sold out, according to organizers.
During the performance of American rapper Travis Scott, the crowd approached the front of the stage at 9:15 pm (Saturday 3.15 CET), Peena said. “It caused some panic, first injuries, people left, and it created extra panic.” 17 patients were taken to the hospital, 11 of whom had a heart attack. More than 300 people were treated at the hospital where the ceremony took place.
Scott commented on Twitter about the crash on Saturday morning (local time). The 29-year-old rapper wrote, “I was devastated by what happened last night. I will pray for the victims and their relatives. The Houston Police have their full support to resolve the” tragic loss of life. “
Events for Saturday evening were canceled
According to the organizers, artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire, SZA and Bad Bunny will also be attending the event. Events for Saturday evening have been canceled, Beena said. District Judge Lina Hidalko pointed out that many of the victims were very young and some were under the age of ten. She talked about a “terrible tragedy”. Authorities set up a contact point to search for relatives of the missing.
Concert host Stephen Guterres from New York told local station KHOU 11: “I saw someone coming out. (…) His friends tried to get him out of there, but people were not interested enough to clear a path. An eyewitness Angel Golan, an eyewitness from Orlando, Florida, told the broadcaster:
“Jumping ahead was high. If you didn’t jump, you fell and stepped on it.”
The cause of the crash is still being investigated, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said. “Don’t speculate. No one has all the answers tonight. A lot of rumors are circulating,” he warned.
CNN reports that Scott organized the two-day festival. Houston is the hometown of the 29-year-old rapper, also known as La Flame and Cactus Jack. He was born there in 1992 as Jack Webster Jr.
The tragedy is reminiscent of the fate of 21 people at the 2010 Duisburg love parade. In the summer of 2000, nine people died in front of a stage at a concert by American rock band Pearl Jam at the Danish Roskilde Festival. They were knocked down and trampled by the crowd from behind.
In 1999, after a concert in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, more than 50 people were killed in a panic. A 16-year-old boy suffocated when thousands of fans crowded inside the Rhine Stadium during a 1997 performance by Tottenham Hossain in Dசsseldorf. About 300 people were injured. (dpa)
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