Houston Three of the attendees for the party Travis Scott Still in critical condition after a huge wave of crowds erupted that left eight dead and hundreds injured at the Astroworld music festival, Mayor Houston.
mayor Sylvester Turner He did not give details of the condition of fans who have been taken to hospital since the rapper’s Friday night performance. but The family of a 9-year-old boy who attended the party with his father said the boy was in a medical coma after sustaining heart, lung and brain injuries.
Authorities have launched a criminal investigation, but Turner told city council members during their weekly meeting that it would take some time to determine the cause of the deaths at the event, which drew about 50,000 people.
“How did this happen? This is a question that stays in our minds.”Turner said. “How did this happen? What pitfalls? Where did it fail? Where are there gaps? We owe it to family members, to everyone who showed up and, frankly, to the city as a whole, to first responders, to everyone. How did this happen?”
Turner read out the names of the eight people who had died before stopping the meeting for a minute’s silence. The victims’ ages ranged between 14 and 27, and they were from Texas, Illinois and Washington.According to the authorities.
Houston Police Chief, Troy VinerA press conference on the investigation is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. He hasn’t held a briefing since Saturday, but he released a statement this week confirming that he met with Scott before the concert to express his concerns about his safety. Finner has not publicly identified those concerns.
The festival grounds and theater where Scott performed have yet to be dismantled, as authorities and lawyers representing the wounded and their families continue to survey the area. The festival was held in the parking lot that is part of NRG Park, a complex consisting of playgrounds, an arena, and a conference center.
Bernon Blount His 9-year-old son and grandson said, EzraThey attended the festival together, but were separated by a barrage of crowd. On Tuesday, he said the boy was in a medical coma at a hospital in Houston.
“I’m angry because this affected our family, and it could have been prevented if people in positions of power had done the right thing.”Diego Blount.
Texas Governor, Greg AbbottOn Wednesday, it announced the formation of a task force to develop party safety recommendations, which it said would “ensure that the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival is not repeated.”
Contingency plans for the Astroworld music festival did not include protocols for dangerous crowd waves like those created to see Scott, who founded the festival. More than 20 lawsuits have been filed, accusing organizers of failing to properly implement simple crowd- or staff-control measures. Among the accused are Scott, Live Nation and a rapper drakewho worked with Scott.
Houston police and fire departments said they have reviewed and approved the safety plans. But the Houston Fire Department’s union chief said Tuesday that firefighters did not have a presence at the festival and did not have access to radios to communicate directly with organizers.
Experts say crowd wave deaths occur because people are so crowded in such a narrow space that they can’t get enough oxygen. Usually it is not because they have been run over.
Authorities said part of their investigation will include checking whether the concert’s promoters and others behind the festival have complied with the plans presented.
There is a long history of similar disasters at concerts, sporting events, and religious events. In 1979, 11 people were killed when thousands of fans tried to enter Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum to watch a concert for The Who. Other mass disasters include the deaths of 97 people in a 1989 football match at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, and several disasters related to the annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia.