At least eight people died and several were injured during mass chaos at the Travis Scott concert at the Astroworld Festival in Houston Friday night, Fire Chief Samuel Pena confirmed.
He said about two dozen people were rushed to Houston hospitals and at least 11 of them were in cardiac arrest when they were transported.
Pena said it started when the crowd began to rush toward the stage around 9:15 p.m. and people started passing out because they couldn’t breathe. Others in the crowd panicked as they tried to help those who were unconscious.
Around 9:35 p.m., Pena said a mass casualty incident was declared because there were so many victims and emergency crews were overwhelmed. More than 55 HFD units responded.
Pena said hundreds of people were treated at a field hospital set up at the scene.