8 Dead After Crowd Surge During Travis Scott Performance At Astroworld Festival

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials in Texas say not less than eight persons are lifeless and several other others injured in a crowd surge on the Astroworld Festival.

A compression of the group towards the stage occurred simply after 9 p.m. Friday whereas rapper Travis Scott was performing, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña advised reporters at a information convention.

“The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries,” the hearth chief stated. “People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic.”

The present was referred to as off shortly after a number of individuals started struggling accidents.

Officials transported 17 individuals to the hospital, together with 11 who have been in cardiac arrest, Peña stated. Many individuals have been additionally handled on the scene at NRG Park, the place a subject hospital had been arrange.

Approximately 50,000 individuals have been in attendance on the competition, Peña stated.

The fireplace chief added that officers didn’t instantly know the causes of dying for the eight individuals who died. A medical expert would examine. The deceased had not been recognized as of early Saturday.

Officials arrange a reunification middle at a lodge for relations who had not been capable of reach family members in attendance on the competition.

Astroworld is a two-day music competition that was scheduled to happen Friday and Saturday in Houston. The occasion was bought out, in accordance with the Astroworld web site.

The occasion promoters had organized for medical models to be on scene on the competition, nonetheless as soon as the group surge started, these models have been “quickly overwhelmed,” Peña stated.