Eight people have died and hundreds more have been injured in a stampede at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival on Friday (November 5th).
The fatalities occurred whilst Travis was performing on his Utopia Mountain stage on the opening night of the festival which is held annually in Houston’s NRG Park.
Reports claim the injuries were a result of a crowd surge, but what does that mean? Let’s explore exactly what happened.
What is a crowd surge?
A crowd surge is a quick and sudden movement of a large group of people who are all in close proximity to each other.
It is very similar to a stampede, which is a sudden panicked rush of people or animals.
Crowd surges occur in places where there are large crowds, such as concerts, sporting events or protests.
What happened at Astroworld?
At around 21:15pm, during Travis Scott’s Astroworld performance, a crowd surge occurred which caused eight fatalities and an estimated 300 injuries.
Houston fire chief Samuel Pena explained: “The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries.”
“People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic,” he continued.
The second day of the Astroworld concert has now been cancelled following the tragic accident.
Eight killed and hundreds more injured
In a statement, the fire chief went into further detail about the fatalities and injuries that occurred at the event.
“We have at least eight confirmed fatalities tonight… and we had scores of individuals who were injured here at this event,” he said.
He revealed that 17 patients were transported to local hospitals, 11 of which were in cardiac arrest.
A hospital was also set up at NRG Park to treat people with more minor injuries.