Astroworld Festival: At least 8 dead and many injured after mass rush at Travis Scott’s concert, officials say

“We had dozens of people injured,” said Houston Fire Department chief Sam Peña during a press conference early Saturday morning.

About 50,000 people were at the sold-out outdoor music festival at NRG Park – the stadium complex that houses the Astrodome and NRG Stadium – when the incident occurred just after 9 p.m. CT, officials said.

“The crowd started pushing and pushing forward on stage for some reason, which resulted in the people being pushed together in front – they were unable to escape that situation,” Peña told CNN on Saturday morning.

That triggered panic, the situation had worsened and the security staff there was overwhelmed, he said.

“People started falling out, passed out and there was additional panic,” Peña said at the press conference.

More than 300 people were treated in a field hospital near the festival, Peña said.

23 people were rushed to hospitals Р11 of them were in critical condition Рand eight of them died, Pe̱a said. One patient was 10 years old and the exam was last in critical condition, Pe̱a told CNN on Saturday morning.

Crowds try CPR on the injured

The visitors to the concert shared the resulting chaos on social media. The medical staff were so overwhelmed by the injuries that some bystanders attempted CPR.

The live stream of the event showed Scott pausing his performance to watch in confusion as an ambulance drove into the venue with lights flashing.

An ambulance can be seen in the crowd during the Astroworld music festival.

Houston police and the event’s security staff stopped the concert “as soon as the situation became too much for resources there,” but by then “the damage was done,” said Peña.

Peña said the cause of the surge was not immediately clear.

Investigators will review the video of the scene and see how the venue was laid out and whether it had enough exit points, Peña said.

The investigation will investigate “what first caused the mass onslaught problem and secondly what prevented people from escaping this situation,” said Peña.

The causes of death are still to be determined by the coroner, he said.

In a statement too Twitter On Saturday morning, the festival organizers said, “Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival family tonight – especially those we have lost and their loved ones,” and that they are “focused on helping local officials as best they can”.

The Saturday part of the planned two-day event will be canceled, the organizers announced.

“As the authorities mentioned in their press conference, they are investigating the series of cardiac arrests that have occurred. If you have any relevant information on this, please contact @houstonpolice, ”the tweet reads.

Astroworld organizers did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment early Saturday morning.

Houston’s emergency management office set up a hotline for people who were unable to contact those known to have attended the concert.

People stormed through the gate hours earlier – and 3 were trampled at the event two years ago

Earlier in the day, a video from CNN subsidiary KPRC showed scores of people rushing through a VIP entrance, metal detectors and sometimes knocking over people and ignoring security guards.

The video showed some people helping some others. Peña said he didn’t know what caused the rush either.

“We know people jumped over the fence,” said Peña.

In 2019, three people were trampled and hospitalized as thousands rushed to the festival.
The event, now in its third year, is being organized by Scott, a Houston native. According to the event’s website, it should run Friday through Saturday.

The festival was supposed to showcase artists like SZA, Bad Bunny and 21 Savage.

The Mayor of Houston expressed his condolences to the families of those killed.

“The organizers held the event to bring people together for music, but unfortunately it ended in tragedy posted on twitter.

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