At least 8 dead at Astroworld music festival in Houston – .

At least 8 dead at Astroworld music festival in Houston – .

Texas officials say at least eight people died and several others were injured in a crowd surge at the Astroworld festival.
A crowd squeeze to the stage occurred just after 9 p.m. CT on Friday as rapper Travis Scott performed, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena told reporters at a press conference.

“The crowd started to compress towards the front of the stage, which caused some panic, and it started to cause injuries,” said the fire chief. “People started to fall, to pass out, and it created further panic. “

The show was canceled shortly after several people began to suffer from injuries.

17 taken to hospital

Authorities transported 17 people to hospital, 11 of them with cardiac arrest, Pena said. Many people were also treated on site at NRG Park, where a field hospital had been set up.

The cause of the disaster was not yet clear.

“I think it’s very important that neither of us speculate. Nobody has all the answers tonight, ”said Houston Police Chief Troy Finner. “If you don’t have the facts, if you don’t have the evidence, I’m not going to speak against it. We have injured families here. “

Live Nation, the event’s organizer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Scott noticed distressed fans

The Houston Chronicle said Scott stopped several times during his 75-minute performance when he spotted distressed fans near the front of the stage.

He asked security to make sure they were okay and to help them out of the crowd. Emergency vehicles, flashing lights and alarms, passed through the crowd on several occasions.

Firefighters said on Twitter that a regrouping center had been set up for families who had not heard from loved ones at the festival.

A crowd of 50,000 attended the two-day event, the newspaper added. The second day of the festival has been canceled.

The Houston Chronicle quoted Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo as “an extremely tragic night.”


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