At least 8 Dead at Astroworld Festival in Texas
Eight people have been reported dead so far, and several others have been injured in a crowd surge at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival in Texas.
At least eight people died and scores more were injured when chaos, including a crowd crush, broke out during rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival opening in Texas on Friday, authorities said.
At around 9:15 p.m., a crowd of concertgoers at Houston's NRG Park "began to compress" to the front of the stage, causing mayhem and injuring some people, according to Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pea.
“People started to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic,” Pena said during a press conference.
As the number of victims swelled and rescue responders got overwhelmed, Pea claimed that the "mass casualty incident" was triggered at around 9:38 p.m.
Authorities claimed at least 23 individuals were admitted to the hospital, including a 10-year-old. Eleven of those who were admitted to the hospital were suffering from cardiac arrest, and a field hospital on the scene treated around 300 patients.
Scott is cooperating with law officials, according to Finner, and the entertainment company LiveNation, which produced Astroworld, has stated it will allow investigators to analyze footage from the concert.
As the chaos unfolded, “the show was stopped when the crowd was surging,” the chief added.
Fans began tweeting about the event using #ASTROWORLDFest, documenting the crowd crush.
People even rushed the camera men, and they still continued the show. #ASTROWORLDFest pic.twitter.com/vIw4pMr7CG— Ethan Froneberger (@LDCMOA) November 6, 2021
over 100 bodies had to be taken to the paramedics. 14 are confirmed dead so far including a 10 year old boy. people were also selling laced pills and others were having epilepsy seizures. the most scariest show i’ve ever attended. #ASTROWORLDFest #AstroWorld https://t.co/G3h5uwVTX4— alison (@diorprads) November 6, 2021
I was working security at #ASTROWORLDFest and I was pulling ppl being squished out of the pits. People died today. The issue isn't with the event planners though, it's the fact that GIGANTIC crowds of people were pushing past barricades. There wasn't supposed to be that many ppl— Valyrie (@NumeroUdo) November 6, 2021