Daily US Times: At least 8 people have died and many others have been injured after a crowd surge on the opening night of a music festival in Houston, Texas.
According to emergency officials, panic broke out after the crowd began to press towards the front of the stage at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival.
Eleven people were taken to hospitals in cardiac arrest and eight died. Some dead are aged as young as 10.
Some 50,000 people attended the outdoor music festival, which has been cancelled.
Lina Hidalgo, the county judge of Harris County, described what had happened as an “extremely tragic night”.
She said: “Our hearts are broken. People go to these events looking for a good time, a chance to unwind, to make memories – it’s not the kind of event you go to where you expect to find out about fatalities.”
In a statement, Astroworld said that their hearts were with the “festival family… especially those we lost and their loved ones”, and they thanked local emergency services for their response.
The incident began around 21:15 on Friday, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said.
He told journalists: “The crowd began to compress toward the front of the stage, and people began to panic.”
The official said, as the crush began causing injuries to people, the panic grew.
Travis Scott stopped multiple times during his 75-minute performance when he spotted fans in distress near the front of the stage, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The rapper asked security to make sure they were okay and help them out of the crowd.
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