Tragedy in the United States: At least eight people were killed and dozens injured in a human avalanche

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Tragedy in the United States: At least eight people were killed and dozens injured in a human avalanche at a music festival.

The incident occurred when the crowd attending the concert, held in Houston, began to compress in front of the stage.

At least eight people were killed and dozens were injured late Friday in a human avalanche at the Astroworld Music Festival in Houston, Texas.

Dozens of people were injured, "Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena told a news conference on Saturday, adding that the cause of the crash was being investigated., according to local media.

About 50,000 people attended the music festival. The accident occurred while the American rapper Travis Scott was performing, who stopped the concert several times when he saw the panic movement, according to the Houston Chronicle, a local media.

The fire services assured that the incident occurred when the crowd attending the concert began to "compress towards the front of the stage ." This situation caused scenes of panic among the assistants and the first injured.

"The worst of the incident began around 9:15 p.m. local time when the crowd of approximately 50,000 people began to move to the front of the stage," Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña explained to the media.

"So far, we have transported 17 people to hospitals. Eleven of them were in cardiac arrest", added Peña in the first appearance before the media after the tragedy, without giving more details for the moment.

According to local media, the aerial view from the cameras installed in the venue showed the intense police and fire services activity in the event area.

Houston Police Chief Troy Fenner said organizers stopped the concert after it became clear that several people had been injured.

Fener said it was too early to say what caused the possible mob rush that led to the deaths and dismissed any speculation about it until the investigation was completed.

Houston police are examining footage from the stadium to investigate the cause of the crash.

Some, circulated on social media, show dozens of people pouncing on doors, while security guards cannot contain the flow.

At the entrance to the stadium, several people could be seen falling, as well as a metal detector. However, it is not clear whether the incident was related to the deaths.

All events for this week's festival have been canceled, organizers have informed local Chain KHOU11.

Astroworld is a music festival created by Travis Scott in 2018. The 29-year-old rapper, who has a daughter by reality star Kylie Jenner, became famous in 2013 and has received six Grammy nominations.

Other concerts were scheduled over the weekend, such as Chief Keef and 21 Savage and the Australian rock group Tame Impala.