Disaster strikes at concert, leaves 8 dead

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(WLAX/WEUX) – Thirteen people remain hospitalized after chaos broke out Friday night at a Houston music festival.

Organizers of the concert are now facing their first civil lawsuit related to this event from an injured concert-goer, who called it a quote: “predictable and preventable tragedy.”

Houston police are launching a criminal investigation into Friday night’s Astroworld music festival after eight people were killed and hundreds of others were hurt during a dangerous crowd surge. Rapper Travis Scott, who also runs the festival, was the headliner.

As a timer ticked down the minutes until his performance, the crowd pushed forward as people tried to get closer to the stage.

“Once Travis came out, that’s really where everything just went downhill.”

“As soon as he jumped out and onto the stage, it was like an energy took over and everything went haywire.”

People in the crowd described feeling the air get pressed out of their lungs.

“You’d hear, like, everyone just saying ‘get out, I can’t breathe, I’m about to pass out, I need you to move.'”

“As soon as he came out, the wave just, like, kind of crushed me in and I was like, this, I was being controlled by everybody, and I had to, like, keep my head up like this, like towards the sky so I can breathe.”

Scott posted a video on Instagram Saturday saying he was devastated by what happened and had no idea how bad the situation was on the ground.

“Any time I could make out anything that’s going on, you know I’d stop the show and help them get the help they need, you know?”

Some questioned why the show was allowed to go on after things got out of control. Witnesses describe seeing an ambulance get trapped in the crowd after people climbed on top.

“Like ‘hey, we need help here’, and like, they can’t get nowhere because he just kept performing. So, I was just like, ‘wow.'”

Travis Scott and festival organizers are now facing the first of what’s expected to be many lawsuits from folks who were injured during Friday night’s chaos. In Houston, Garrett Tenney.

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