Astroworld stampede: Videos show people dancing on ambulances at 'concert in hell'
Video footage of the festival are being widely circulated on social media, showing a stampede of fans breaking through a fence
At least eight people died and several others injured when chaos broke out at Travis Scott's Astroworld music festival in Houston, Texas, on Friday night, November 5. Video footage of the festival are being widely circulated on social media, showing a stampede of fans breaking through a fence. The videos also show people attending the festival dancing on ambulances.
"The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries," Houston fire chief Samuel Peña told reporters. "People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic." He said that it triggered a "mass casualty" event which led to scores of people being rushed to hospitals. 11 people reportedly suffered cardiac arrests.
Sharing a video of a man dancing on an ambulance at the event, a Twitter user wrote, "this getting outta hand that’s an ambulance #ASTROWORLDFest #AstroWorld #ASTROFEST". "this is crazy #AstroWorld #ASTROWORLDFest," another user wrote, sharing a video from the concert where a man describes the night as "a concert in hell." Sharing a video clip, one user wrote, "People were really jumping on the cars of security personnel when they were trying to get to unconscious people in the crowd. This shit is disgusting. Look at these weirdos. #ASTROWORLDFest".
People were really jumping on the cars of security personnel when they were trying to get to unconscious people in the crowd. This shit is disgusting. Look at these weirdos. #ASTROWORLDFest pic.twitter.com/Ctc0cvgBUV— Squirt Reynolds (@SquirtReynoIds) November 6, 2021
After the stampede at the Astroworld festival, several witness accounts have come out describing the horror and helplessness they felt at the concert. One such attendee, who was an ICU nurse, has claimed that there was a lack of medics at the scene and teenagers were performing CPR on those who were injured.
“Astroworld festival this year was fucking terrible. I don’t think i’ve ever been more disturbed. Some of these medical staff had little to no experience with CPR," the nurse wrote on Instagram.
The witness went on to say, “There was not enough people to rotate out doing compressions on individuals that were actually pulseless. the medical staff didn’t have the tools to do their jobs. and despite the crowd around us trying to get someone to stop the concert they just kept going. even though travis acknowledged that someone in the crowed needed an ambulance.”
The attendee also mentioned that she lost her consciousness, but after regaining it, she began helping people. She wrote, “When I stood up I looked around and people were getting carried out with eyes rolled back into their heads by security, bleeding from their nose and mouth. I yelled 'has ANYBODY checked a pulse?' the security guard, frantic, asked me to help him. I checked two people and one did not have a pulse. I told them I was an ICU nurse and then another security guard, hearing that, said, “‘please come help us.’”
The former nurse said, “Teenagers are doing CPR trying to help but they're doing it incorrectly, then I see there's other people doing CPR on people who still have a pulse bc nobody has done a pulse check. It was an absolute shit show,” before adding: “People were beginning the crew operating the stage lights and stuff around us to stop the concert and they wouldn't.” Several people took to Twitter to make similar claims.