Tragedy strikes yet another dance music show, this time during a Halloween party in Madrid headlined by Steve Aoki. 3 women have been reported dead from injuries they sustained by being crushed by fellow concertgoers in the crowd, 2 others remain in critical condition. The fatalities did not occur on the dance floor, but rather in a bottleneck that occurred after a flare was set off inside the venue causing mass panic. With only one open exit, patrons pushed and shoved their way into what has been described as a “passage of terror” causing the victims to become crushed in a scene that is eerily reminiscent of the tragedy at the Love Parade in 2010.
Around 4 A.M., roughly 50 medical personnel were called to the scene to respond to two victims who were unconscious and in cardiac arrest; when they arrived, they found five people in distress. El País reports that their injuries were due to “trauma by crushing, possibly having suffered a fall and being trampled.” Two of the victims were treated on site and declared dead after 30 minutes of attempted resuscitation; a third died shortly upon arrival at a local hospital. The victims were located in two distinct parts of the crowd, but investigators believe that they were all caught in a single crowd movement that swept through the venue.
Update: Click below the jump to read Steve Aoki’s statement regarding the incident.
“After my performance last night at Thriller Music Park at the Madrid Arena in Spain, I was devastated to hear that three people had died during a crowd rush at one of the exits. The safety of my fans has always been my top priority and had I known that there was any distress putting people in jeopardy within the venue I would have ended my show immediately. My show in Bilbao, Spain tonight will be cancelled out of respect for those who lost their lives and those who are injured. I would like to express my deepest condolences and heart felt prayers to the families and loved ones during this difficult time.”