The Deadliest Concert in U.S. History was in Houston
The concert ended in a tragedy that has been called the deadliest ever. At least eight people are dead and dozens more injured after tens of thousands rushed to watch rapper Travis Scott’s performance late Friday night at Astroworld Festival outside NRG Park, overwhelming security forces leading up until one point where those present were said have been pushed back by an advancing wave from those trying desperately for entry.
Seventeen people were taken to the hospital, 11 of whom Peña described as being in cardiac arrest. Eight are confirmed dead. Some of the victims might be children.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo of Houston called it an “extremely tragic night,” as families awaited word on whether their loved ones were safe. The Houston Police Department is in the process of identifying victims at hospitals, and a reunification center was set up at the Wyndham Houston Hotel at 8686 Kirby. People searching for loved ones can also call 832-393-2991 or 832-393-2990.
Travis Scott Astroworld Festival Ends in Chaos
One video circulated of paramedics driving on a vehicle like a golf cart, performing chest compressions on a concertgoer who had fallen unconscious, as tens of thousands of spectators continued partying in the background. A few concert-goers can be seen climbing on top of the emergency vehicles that were trying to navigate the crowd.
When Scott took the stage at night, the crowd started pushing toward the stage. He started observing people get trampled and worried eyes soon turned into fearful eyes scanning for a way out of the mass of people. Emergency medical carts tried to help people but moved slowly through the crowd. Some jumped on the dragging carts carrying the ill.
Houston Personal Injury Lawyer for Astroworld
HPD Chief Troy Finner said 367 police officers and 241 security officers were on duty throughout the day as a sold-out crowd of 50,000 turned out for the planned two-day event, an homage to Houston’s shuttered Astroworld amusement park.
Thousands of fans stormed the entrance gates around 2 p.m., bypassing security and metal detectors. Some were detained by security and mounted HPD officers, but no serious injuries were reported. It was similar to the start of the 2019 event.
If you or a loves one was injured at the Travis Scott Astroworld Festival, please contact our office right away. We are accepting personal injury cases for victims in Houston. Speak with one of our Houston personal injury lawyers by calling (800) 275-5007.