At least eight people died and dozens were injured on Friday night in an alleged human avalanche at the Astroworld Music Festival in Houston, Texas, authorities said.
“Dozens of people were injured,” Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said during a press conference on Saturday, before noting that the exact causes of the loss are investigated, according to local media.
The fire services assured that the incident occurred when the crowd attending the concert began to “compress towards the front of the stage”. This situation caused scenes of panic among the assistants and the first injured.
“The worst of the incident started around 9:15 p.m. local time when the crowd of approximately 50,000 people began to move to the front of the stage.” Samuel Peña explained to the media.
The top down view from the cameras installed in the enclosure showed intense police and fire service activity in the event area, according to local media.
Organizers they stopped the concert when it became apparent that several people had been injured, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner explained.
Finner indicated that it was too early to determine what caused the presumed rush of the crowd which caused the deaths and rejected any speculation about it until the investigation is complete.
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