On Friday, November 5th, Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston turned tragic as a violent crowd surge killed 10 people. Hundreds of concertgoers were treated for injuries, and as time goes on, we are hearing more and more of their stories.
The crowd of 50,000 attendees was made up of mostly young people; the 8 who died at the scene were between the ages of 14 and 27. Many of the injured were even younger.
Many attendees went to the concert with family. A 22-year-old college student who attended with her sister and cousin was separated from them in the crowd surge and, as of Monday evening, is in critical condition and relying on a ventilator to breathe. She was declared brain-dead on Wednesday evening, November 10th, joining the 8 other young people who tragically lost their lives due to the events at the Astroworld Festival.
It was recently reported that a 9-year-old boy is in a medically induced coma after suffering brain injuries at the concert when he was trampled in the crowd. His father passed out from the pressure of the crowd surge while holding the boy on his shoulders, causing him to fall to the ground. The crush injuries have impacted all his organs, including his brain.
Why Are Crush Injuries So Dangerous?
Crowd crush injuries, like those affecting so many who attended Astroworld in Houston, can cause minor damage, such as bruises, as well as severe trauma such as organ dysfunction or even death. Even the injuries that don’t appear to be major can be dangerous because of the way the crush affects the body, releasing proteins into the bloodstream, which is life-threatening.
While many crowd crush injuries are caused by trampling, they may also be caused by compressive asphyxia due to a lack of oxygen. Concert crush injury victims are often susceptible to a higher risk of infection than people who receive other kinds of injuries.
Why Did the Astroworld Stampede Happen?
While the specific cause of this devastation is still under scrutiny by the local police, it has been noted that the concert organizers, including Live Nation and Travis Scott himself, have had issues with crowd control in the past. There is speculation that the venue did not follow the safety protocols that had been put in place months earlier. Travis Scott also has an extensive history of inciting riots and violence at his shows. The fact that it was general admission festival seating did not help matters.
A college student and a young child are fighting for their lives in critical condition due to this preventable tragedy. The Astroworld injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin are eager to see justice served on behalf of these and all the victims whose lives have been changed forever by Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival.