On Friday, November 5, panic hit the Astroworld music festival in Houston as the massive crowd began to move forward. As a result, at least 8 festival-goers died and dozens injured, according to NBC News.
NBC reported: “17 people were taken to hospitals after the crash, and 11 who were taken by ambulance were in cardiac arrest, officials said. They added that more than 300 people were treated throughout the event on Friday at an on-site field hospital. “
50,000 people attended NRG Park for the Astroworld Houston Music Festival, hosted by popular rapper Travis Scott. It was the third year of the festival, which opened on Friday.
This year’s festival was slated to last two days, but Saturday’s lineup has been canceled, NBC reports.
Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told reporters: “The crowd started to compress towards the front of the stage. This caused some panic and started causing injuries. People started to fall unconscious and this created further panic. “
Festival attendee Alleighya Odom, who is 21, told NBC: “It was scary, really,” adding that the crowd “was like this force on my back, this force continues. I started to watch around me, and there are people on the floor. There are people looking at me, like, scared, goofy eyes, like, “Please help me.”
Odom noted that Scott had stopped the show several times to enlist the help of the crowd. The Houston Chronicle also corroborated the account. This outlet tweeted the news saying, “IN DEVELOPMENT: At least 8 people died and dozens more injured after a crowd of around 50,000 people poured in during the rapper. @trvisXXthe performance of @astroworldfest, overwhelming security forces and resulting in one of the deadliest concerts in U.S. history. https://bit.ly/3BSGHhU “
According to NBC, “Earlier today several people were injured as festival-goers rushed through the front entrance, Houston NBC affiliate KPRC reported.”
Odom added: “As soon as people started running I was like, ‘Oh, no… this is going to be crazy. “
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