Crowd movement at Astroworld festival kills at least eight in Houston

At least eight people were killed and several others injured in a panic outbreak on Friday (November 5) at the Astroworld music festival in Houston, in the southern United States, authorities reported.

“The crowd started to rush to the front of the stage. This created a start of panic which caused injuries, people started to fall, lose consciousness and this created further panic “Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said. “We have at least eight confirmed deaths tonight and many people injured”, he said, adding that the cause of death could only be confirmed after medical examinations. “We transported 17 patients to the hospital” 11 of whom were in cardiac arrest, Pena added at a press conference outside NRG Park, where the event was being held.

Houston police have announced the opening of an investigation to determine the causes of the tragedy, adding that they were notably examining video footage of the evening. “In the space of a few minutes, we found ourselves with several people on the ground who were having a kind of cardiac arrest”, police reported, explaining that the concert ended after the stampede. The rest of the festival, which was scheduled to continue on Saturday, has been canceled.

A little over 300 injured

Images of NRG Park circulating on social media showed dozens of people rushing to front gates, stepping over and knocking down metal detectors, facing outnumbered security guards unable to contain the crowds .

Many people could be seen falling, but it was not specified whether this is the context in which the deaths occurred.

Other videos showed rescuers resuscitating oblivious fans in the middle of the audience, as the concert continued. Authorities said more than 300 people were injured throughout the day of the event, including minor scrapes and bruises.

About 50,000 people were in the crowd to attend Astroworld, a music festival started in 2018 by American rapper Travis Scott, originally from Texas. The 27-year-old artist, who broke in 2013, has been nominated six times for the Grammy Awards. He has a child with Kylie Jenner, one of the daughters of the Kardashian clan and reality TV star. During Scott’s concert on Friday night, Canadian rap superstar Drake joined him on stage.

Other artists scheduled to perform at the festival over the weekend included rappers Chief Keef and 21 Savage, as well as Australian rock band Tame Impala.

The World with AFP

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Crowd movement at Astroworld festival kills at least eight in Houston

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