HOUSTON, TX — Eight people died late Friday after roughly 50,000 concertgoers surged during a set by rapper Travis Scott at the Astroworld Festival in Houston, reports Houston Chronicle.
The series of fatal incidents unfolded outside NRG Park shortly after 9:00 p.m.
A preliminary investigation shows Scott’s initial appearance for a 75-minute performance, scheduled to close out the evening, prompted the crowd to begin pushing toward the stage. Attendees near the front of the crowd began falling over, getting tripped and trampled over, causing mass panic. During the beginning of the performance, emergency vehicles attended to the first victims in distress. By about 9:38 p.m., nearly 55 Houston Fire Department units had responded and started CPR on unconscious victims.
Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said eight people, many of them teenagers and young adults, were confirmed dead.
Authorities said of the seventeen people who were transported to a local hospital, eleven were in cardiac arrest.
More than 300 attendees were reported to have received treatment at NRG Park’s field hospital due to “heat exhaustion, alcohol poisoning and overdoses.”
According to Houston Police Department, 367 police officers and 241 security officers had been stationed at the event throughout the day.
Festival organizers have since canceled the second day of the planned two-day event.
An investigation is ongoing.
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