Eight “Astroworld Festival”Following an incident that occurred on Friday, at 9 PM CT, many concertgoers were killed and others were injured.
During the show, a large crowd began to surge towards the stage. This resulted in audience members being unable to escape the situation and being squeezed. CNN reported.
Video shows ambulances driving through dense crowds to reach the victims.
The festival was a sold out success at NRG Park in Houston. The festival had planned to continue the event on November 6, but they released a statement saying that today’s show was cancelled.
“Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival family tonight — especially those we lost and their loved ones,”They wrote.
“We are focused on supporting local officials however we can. With that in mind, the festival will no longer be held on Saturday.”
Festival officials stated that they are investigating the cardiac arrests that occurred and that anyone with information is asked to contact Houston police.
Following the incident, Houston Fire Chief San Peña spoke at a news conference to explain what happened in more detail.
“The crowd for whatever reason began to push and surge towards the front of the stage, which caused the people in the front to be compressed — they were unable to escape that situation,”He stated.
“People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic.”
Over 300 were treated right on the field at the hospital set up near the festival, he added. Twenty-four people were transported to the hospital. Eight of them succumbed. One victim was ten years old.
“Medical personnel were so overwhelmed with the injuries that some audience members attempted to administer CPR,”Cnn.
One concertgoer described the chaotic scene and stated that Travis Scott was the one who started pushing people towards the stage.
“I passed out from the constant pressure on my chest and was one of the first people to be carried,”She told TMZ. “They threw me on top of other people and crowd surfed me to other people, who lifted me over a fence where security was waiting.”
“Security guards were bringing bodies from that area to the VIP area,”She continued. “I see security carrying people who are not moving.”
The woman also says she was a nurse and when she regained consciousness, she helped to administer first aid to others.
Apart from the rapper, they also act as event organizers. Travis Scott, several artists performed or were scheduled to appear at the show include SZA, Chief Keef, Bab Bunny, Master P, Young Thug, Earth, Wind & Fire, 21 Savage, Lil Baby.
“What happened at Astroworld Festival last night was tragic, and our hearts are with those who lost their lives and those who were injured in the terrifying crowd surge,”Governor Greg Abbott spoke in support of the initiative.Statement
“Thank you to the first responders and good Samaritans who were on-site and immediately tended to those who were injured in the crowd. The State of Texas is ready [to] assist in the response, and I have directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to make state resources available to support the investigation. I ask Texans to join Cecilia and me in lifting up in prayer those affected by this tragedy.”
Travis Scott also issued a statement on the tragedy, saying he was deeply affected by the events at the festival.
“My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival,”He wrote. “Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.”
“I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their support.”