As an Astroworld concert in the southern US state of Texas played on, at least eight people have been reported dead due to a crowd crush. With several other individuals injured, Houston fire chief Samuel Pena stated that the incident began at around 9pm when the crowd compressed towards the front of the stage. Causing a panic, people started to fall out, becoming unconscious and adding further panic.
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At least eight fatalities were confirmed, with scores of individuals injured. The cause of death cannot be confirmed until after medical exams are completed. With 11 out of 17 people transported to hospital in cardiac arrest, around 50,000 people were in the crowd at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival.
The music festival is created by the 29-year-old rapper and was launched in 2018. Social media blew up with footage and posts about the horrid incident, with clips showing people dancing on emergency vehicles as they attempted to respond to attendees who were being crushed by the crowd. With the second day of the festival being cancelled in the wake of the events, the singer reportedly also stopped his performance several times after seeing fans in distress.