Multiple Deaths @ Houston AstroWorld Music Fest — Many from Cardiac Arrest

At least eight people are dead after a crowd surge during the sold-out Astroworld music festival in Houston on Friday, the city’s fire chief said.

A further 17 people were transported to hospitals after the crush, 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 Friday at an on-site field hospital.

AstroWorld fest officers drop girl head first onto metal contact whilst placing her onto stretcher and ejecting her from the crowd from PublicFreakout

Around 50,000 people were at the event at NRG Park, which was hosted by rapper and producer Travis Scott and kicked off Friday. The festival, which is in its third year, was expected to be a two-day event, but officials said Saturday’s lineup had been canceled.

Fire Chief Samuel Peรฑa told a news conference early Saturday that “the crowd began to compress toward the front of the stage” at around 9:15 p.m. local time.

“That caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries. People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic,” he said, adding that a cause of death was not yet known for the eight victims but would be determined.

Proof of COVID shots or a negative test was required for attendance.

People being crushed in the crowd at Astrofest from PublicFreakout

Video of woman stuck under pile of people at Travis Scott concert from PublicFreakout