HOUSTON TEXAS – According to the authorities, 8 people were declared dead and hundreds were injured during the opening night of a popular weekend. Music festival at NRG Park on Friday night. Videos posted on social media showed a crowd running in panic at the Astroworld music festival.
According to Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña, the worst of the incident began around 9:15 p.m., when the crowd of approximately 50,000 concert goers began to move to the front of the stage.
According to him, this caused some panic and resulted in some injuries.
“The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and started causing some injuries,” said Fire Chief Peña. “People started fighting, losing consciousness and that generated additional panic.”
In total, 17 people were transferred to hospitals, eleven of whom suffered cardiac arrest. According to the fire chief, 8 people were declared dead.
At the event, which drew thousands of people, 300 people were treated for minor injuries such as cuts and bruises.
Travis Scott, a rapper from Missouri City, joined Drake on stage in a surprise appearance as the crowd increased.
Investigators were sent to hospitals Saturday morning to try to identify the victims. The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine how the eight people died at the Astroworld music festival.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner called for calm, saying people shouldn’t jump to conclusions about what caused the crowd to rise.
“I think it’s very important that none of us speculate,” he said. Nobody has all the answers tonight.
According to the event’s website, Travis Scott’s third annual Astroworld Festival was scheduled to run Friday through Saturday.
Saturday’s event has been canceled following the mass casualty incident.
Travis Scott, a well-known rapper and event organizer, launched the Astroworld Festival in 2018. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was canceled, like most other major events, in 2020.
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A large medical response is underway at NRG Park for “multiple patients.” Disturbing footage from the scene shows EMS performing CPR on three patients.
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As we arrived at the Astroworld Festival in NRG Park just at 2:00, a stampede broke through the gates. Hundreds of people destroyed the VIP security entrance, bypassing the checkpoint. People were trampled. Some were arrested.
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– BMoore (@ BrennonMoore34) November 5, 2021
there were literally ambulances in the crowd at astroworld pic.twitter.com/nQIU6WrEgp
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Breaking: At least 8 dead, many injured, at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival in Houston. The incident reportedly occurred when fans pushed onto the stage, causing panic and injury. pic.twitter.com/E97uCzpO4L
– PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) November 6, 2021
BREAKING: After leaving 8 people dead, Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival has been canceled!
– SAN (@saint) November 6, 2021
The crowd went wild for Don Toliver at Astroworld Festival 🤯 pic.twitter.com/XqvJDaWKhF
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