Los Angeles: As many as eight people died and several injured during the opening night of the Astroworld music festival on Friday in Houston, Texas, authorities said. The surge happened around 9 pmFriday night. The show was called off shortly after several people began suffering injuries.
By midnight Saturday, it was not yet clear what exactly had happened, how many people were hurt or how the injuries occurred, an officer said.
The Houston Fire Department earlier said in a tweet that it was on scene near NRG park after receiving reports of multiple civilian injuries.
“The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage and that caused some panic and it started causing some injuries,” Houston fire chief Samuel Pena said at a press conference.
“We had at least eight confirmed fatalities tonight and scores of individuals that were injured,” he said, adding the cause of death cannot be confirmed until after medical exams are completed.
The Houston fire chief further told reporters that the compression of the crowd toward the stage occurred while Travis Scott was performing.
“We transported 17 patients to the hospital… 11 of those that were transported were in cardiac arrest,” the officer further told.