Guatemala Independence Day music festival stampede leaves at least nine dead

At least nine people have died, including two 12-year-old children, in a stampede during a major rock concert in the western Guatemalan town of Quetzaltenango, authorities and emergency services said Thursday.

Six people were injured during the outdoor festival in the early hours of Thursday, according to Maria del Carmen Sajquim, spokeswoman for the Western Regional Hospital of Guatemala.

The injured were taken to hospital and reportedly suffered broken bones, local firefighters tweeted earlier.

A member of the public prosecutor’s office covers the bodies after the stampede during a Guatemalan Independence Day concert in Quetzaltenango.
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Witnesses at the scene said the venue only had two exits and chaos ensued as everyone rushed for the exits.

Local media described the festival where more than 10 bands performed as an annual event marking Independence Day in the Central American country.

The stampede is just one of many fatal accidents at public events that Latin America has witnessed in recent years.

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A family member of one of the victims speaks with a medical examiner after nine people were killed and 20 others injured at a music festival in Quetzaltenango.
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In June, four people were killed and around 70 injured when part of a stand collapsed in a bullring in the town of El Espinal, Colombia.

In one of the region’s most tragic events, a fire at a Buenos Aires nightclub in 2004 killed 194 people after a spectator set off a flare into the crowded room shortly after the band took the stage. of rock Callejeros.

Firefighters and police stand by the bodies of people who died in a stampede during an outdoor concert for Independence Day celebrations in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala,
Firefighters and police stand by the bodies of people who died in a stampede during an outdoor concert for Independence Day celebrations in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
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