In the crowd at the Astroworld music festival, Madeline Eskins suffocated to death. When she woke up, she saw many dead and wounded.
“If anyone had been to the Astroworld Music Festival before, this year’s event would be completely different. It’s terrible,” Madeline Eskins wrote on Instagram after returning from NRG Park in Houston on November 6. . Tragedy tragedy Eight people died on the evening of November 5.
“I fainted because the crowd behind me kept suppressing me from breathing. Someone took me to the back of the stage. When I woke up, I couldn’t understand what happened,” Eskins said. “At that time, some people were taken out by security guards, their eyes turned back, and their mouths and noses were bleeding. As a nurse, I checked their pulse, but their hearts had stopped.”
Joey Guerra’s music critic Houston Chronicle Said that he attended the Astroworld concert for most of November 5th and witnessed many security incidents before the performance of rapper Travis Scott began. On that day, Gera saw the audience being carried on a stretcher many times.
At night, thousands of people continued to gather near the stage where Scott performed.
“When Scott saw someone panicking or calling for help, he stopped several times and pointed to the front of the stage. He had to call the security for help. I don’t think he understood the seriousness of the situation. There, “Gera said.
Larry Satterwhite, a police officer on duty in front of the stage, described the influx of people into the stands “as if they were coming all of a sudden.” Before the chaos began, he and his colleagues began to see several people falling to the ground.
“It looks like they had a cardiac arrest or loss of consciousness. Several people were undergoing cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the time of the mass casualties. Everything happened within a few minutes,” he said.
According to some witnesses in the audience area, fans close to the stage were frightened. At some point around the stage, the audience was squeezed out of breath. A woman who participated in the event said that she had never participated in a “music festival with so many aggressive people.”
“We have to hold on tightly so that we won’t get lost,” said a male audience member.
According to Houston Fire Department Chief Samuel Pena (Samuel Pena), the crowd was more concentrated in front of the stage between 9 pm and 9:15 pm, causing the situation to get out of control. Some people were injured or unconscious, causing panic.
The tragedy happened at 9:38 in the evening, when Scott was about to move into the night. Dozens of people fell to the ground before the security forces were helpless. Officials from the City of Houston confirmed that at least 8 people were killed and hundreds more injured after the incident.
Photos shared on social media showed ambulances struggling to clear their way in a crowd of people, trying to reach areas in need. In a video, several fans who seem to be unable to understand what happened jumped on the roof of the ambulance and yelled to the music.
“A lot of people fainted in the crowd, I thought they would stop the music,” witness Billy Nasser said on Instagram. “I had to pull the victim’s body out of there. I have never seen anything like it today.”
According to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner (Troy Finner), Scott and the organizers agreed to end the show early after learning of casualties.
According to Pena, the organizers of the event had foreseen the risks and set up an on-site emergency area, but the number of spectators exceeded 50,000, and the on-site medical team was quickly overwhelmed.
The fire brigade confirmed that from the beginning of the incident to the stampede, more than 300 cases were taken to the emergency room. At least 17 people were injured and had to be taken to the hospital, 11 of them suffered cardiac arrest.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo referred to the stampede at the Astroworld Music Festival as a “tragic night.” She announced that there was a 10-year-old child on the list of victims.
Astroworld is an annual music festival hosted by rapper Scott at NRG Park in Houston. The festival was first held in 2018, when Scott released an album of the same name.
After last year’s Astroworld was postponed due to Covid-19, this year’s festival was held for several days and 100,000 tickets were issued, twice as many as the previous one. Despite the high ticket prices, all tickets were sold out within 30 minutes after the opening.
This is the music event with the highest number of deaths in the United States in the past two decades following the 2003 Rhode Island station nightclub fire that killed 100 people. In 1979, thousands of fans trampled on The Who Concert Hall in Cincinnati, causing 11 deaths and dozens of injuries.
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