Panic broke out when the crowd began to push onto the stage of the Astroworld festival, in the middle of the rapper’s performance. Travis scott. Eleven people were taken to the hospital with cardiac arrest and eight died, among the injured victims was a child under 10 years old. Also, some 300 people were treated for injuries such as cuts and bruises at the event, which was attended by 50,000 people.
“I am absolutely devastated by what happened last night.”Scott wrote on his Twitter account. “My prayers are with the families of all those affected by what happened.”added.
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In turn, the rapper thanked the police and emergency services and said he was “Committed to working together with the Houston community to comfort and support families in need.”
“Our hearts are broken. People come to these events to have fun, relax, create memories. It is not the type of event you go to expecting to have passed away ”, said local politics Lina hidalgo, Harris County Judge
According to Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña, the tragedy occurred around 9:15 pm local time this Friday.
“The crowd started pushing towards the front of the stage and people started to panic.”he said in statements to the press.
Joey Guerra, music critic of the Houston Chronicle, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The people in front were in danger”:
“I was there most of the day and there had been minor incidents. When the doors were opened, people stampeded and jumped the metal detectors, and some people were injured. “, he counted.
“No one could imagine this. But here we are and I think it is very important that we do not speculate. No one has answers tonight ”, stated Houston Police Department Chief Troy Finner.
The festival began this Friday and thousands of people went through the relevant security controls to access the concert. The second and last date of the festival, scheduled for this Saturday, was canceled.