8 Dead, 11 Needed CPR, 300 Injured After Mass Casualty Event that Involved Crowd Surge at AstroWorld Travis Scott Event

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The Astroworld Festival has been canceled for Saturday after eight people died and several people were hospitalized during the first night (KHOU-11/CBS News affiliate). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, police and fire officials in Houston, Texas were present as Fire Chief Samuel Peña said that at least eight people were killed and scores of others were injured in a crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The causes of the deaths were not initially indicated.

The eight confirmed fatalities occurred Friday night while over 300 individuals were injured among about 50,000 in attendance.


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A compression of the crowd toward the front of the stage occurred about 9:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Friday while rapper Travis Scott was performing, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told reporters at a news conference.

“The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries. People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic.”

— Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña

A mass casualty incident was activated about 9:30 p.m. and initial statistics indicated 17 patients were transported to “the hospital.” Twelve patients were transported by Houston Fire Department ambulances, and five were transported by Harris County Emergency Services. Eleven people that were transported were in cardiac arrest, according to Fire Chief Samuel Peña. During the question and answer period, Chief Fire Chief Samuel Peña provided an update that 23 people were transported.


The concert located at NRG Park in Houston was called off shortly after several people began suffering injuries. However, social media video showed people running and falling into the entrances earlier in the day, too. Video and images from ABC13 Houston showed a crowd stampede to get into the venue during daylight. Security guards were intensely shoving people that were running past entrance gates, apparently to impede the stampede. Next sheriff’s deputies arrived on horseback to attempt to control the crowd. ABC 13 Houston reporter Mycah Hatfield reported that hundreds of people destroyed the VIP security entrance, bypassed the checkpoint, and were trampled while entering the venue.

Many people were also treated at the scene at NRG Park, where a field hospital was set up. Over 300 patients were treated at the field hospital that was set up. Fifty-five Houston fire units responded in addition to the staffing that the event promoters had established at the venue. There was a medical component to the onsite staff with transport units. Among the 300+ that were treated at the field hospital, injuries were described as “bumps and bruises.” Prior to the mass casualty incident, there were six routine transports during the day.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said Live Nation is allowing the police to review video at the scene. Finner admonished people not to speculate regarding the cause of the tragedy, then mentioned there was a rumor that people were injecting drugs. Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. is an American global entertainment company that was founded in 2010 following the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster. Live Nation promotes, operates, and manages ticket sales for live entertainment,

There were 367 police officer assigned to the venue, and 241 security officers were also assigned to the venue.

A unification center was established at the Wyndham Houston Hotel, 8686 Kirby Drive.

The AstroWorld festival was launched in 2018, the same year that Travis Scott released his studio album of the same name. Other rappers have also appeared in the festive style concerts.

The 2020 festival was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Kylie Jenner appeared in the music video for “Stop Trying to Be God”, from the Astroworld album. Travis Scott has been dating Kylie Jenner since in April 2017, and on February 1, 2018, Jenner gave birth to their daughter, Stormi Webster. In September 2021 they announced a second child.

Activities scheduled for the rest of the weekend at AstroWorld were canceled.

NRG Stadium Houston -- a large arena with a retractable roof just west of the Houston Astrodome (Imagery ©2021 Google, Imagery ©2021 Houston - Galveston Area Council, Maxar Technologies, Texas General Land Office, U.S. Geological Survey, Map data ©2021)
NRG Stadium Houston — a large arena with a retractable roof just west of the Houston Astrodome (Imagery ©2021 Google, Imagery ©2021 Houston – Galveston Area Council, Maxar Technologies, Texas General Land Office, U.S. Geological Survey, Map data ©2021).



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