At Least 8 Dead at Houston Music Festival After Crowd Surge Causes ‘Panic’

Dozens of other people who attended a Travis Scott concert at the Astroworld music festival were injured, Houston’s fire chief said.,

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At least eight people were killed and dozens more were injured at a music festival in Houston on Friday night after a large crowd “began to compress towards the front of the stage,” the city’s fire chief said at a news conference.

The crowd surge, during a concert by the rapper Travis Scott, “caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries,” said the fire chief, Samuel Pena. The concert was part of the Astroworld music festival.

Twenty-two people were taken to nearby hospitals by emergency responders, Chief Pena said, adding that of those patients, 11 were in cardiac arrest. Over 300 people were treated at a “field hospital” at the site, he said.

The exact causes of death will be determined by the medical examiner, who is investigating the episode, Chief Pena said.

“Our hearts are broken,” Judge Lina Hidalgo of Harris County said at the news conference. “People go to these events looking for a good time,” she said, adding, “It’s not the kind of event you where you expect to find out about fatalities.”

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