At least eight people were killed and several injured last Friday night at the Astroworld music festival in Houston (southern United States) due to a human avalanche, authorities and U.S. media reported. The event was being held at NRG Park, where a makeshift field hospital was built.

“We have eight people deceased tonight and several more individuals injured” said the head of the Houston fire department, Samuel Peña. His department explained via Twitter that a meeting point has been set up for family members of the injured at a nearby hotel.

The incident, whose circumstances have not yet been fully clarified, happened after 9 p.m. local time while rapper Travis Scott was performing. “The crowd started pushing towards the front of the stage, creating panic and the first injuries (…). People started falling down, becoming unconscious, and that added to the panic,” he added.

Rescue services transported 17 people to the hospital, including 11 in cardiac arrest, Peña explained. The fire chief added that the music festival was attended by some 50,000 spectators, as can be seen in the latest tweets from the festival’s official account.

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