Around 50,000 people were attending the Astroworld Festival when some of the crowd rushed the stage. Authorities say several others have been injured.
Eight people died Friday during an apparent crush at a music festival in Houston, Texas, local media reported, citing police.
Authorities said scores of people were injured after some in the audience rushed towards the stage at the Astroworld Festival in the city’s NRG park.
The surge happened around 9 p.m. Friday night local time (0200 UTC Saturday).
What do we know about the incident?
“We had at least eight confirmed fatalities tonight and scores of individuals that were injured,” Houston fire chief Samuel Pena said.
Pena described how a compression of the crowd toward the stage occurred while rapper Travis Scott was performing.
Seventeen people have been hospitalized, 11 of those were in cardiac arrest, he added.
Dozens of other people who attended a Travis Scott concert at the Astroworld music festival were injured, Houston’s fire chief said.
At least eight people were killed and dozens more were injured at a music festival in Houston on Friday night after a large crowd “began to compress towards the front of the stage,” the city’s fire chief said at a news conference.
The crowd surge, during a concert by the rapper Travis Scott, “caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries,” said the fire chief, Samuel Peña. The concert was part of the Astroworld music festival.
Twenty-two people were taken to nearby hospitals by emergency responders, Chief Peña said, adding that of those patients, 11 were in cardiac arrest. Over 300 people were treated at a “field hospital” at the site, he said.
Officials in Texas say at least eight people are dead and several others injured in a crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival.
A compression of the crowd toward the stage occurred just after 9 p.m. CT Friday while rapper Travis Scott was performing, Houston fire Chief Samuel Pena told reporters at a news conference.
“The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries,” the fire chief said. “People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic.”
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