At least nine people were killed in a stampede during a concert in Guatemala.
Nine people were killed and 20 others injured early Thursday morning in a stampede at the exit of a concert in western Guatemala.
Volunteer firefighters confirmed the number of dead and injured in Quetzaltenango, the country’s second-largest city, 200 kilometers west of Guatemala City, “due to a stampede of people leaving a concert.”
The concert was part of Guatemala’s Independence Day celebrations on September 15.
The tragedy occurred at the Quetzaltenango Fairgrounds and the victims were taken to the Western Regional Hospital “with injuries and possible fractures,” the same source said.
“Currently, there is no official data (on the identity of the victims). The Public Ministry is leading the process,” Quetzaltenango’s municipal manager Amilcar Rivas told reporters.
Among the dead is a minor.
Among the dead, according to local media, are at least two women, one of them a minor, who are waiting for authorities to make an official list of the dead.
According to some witnesses, the deceased were crushed while trying to leave the concert, as the doors of the hall were allegedly closed and they were crushed between them and people walking behind.
At the scene of the tragedy and the concert, more than 5,000 people were witnesses, representatives of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and relatives of the deceased.
In 1996, 83 people died and more than 200 were injured in a similar stampede at the Dorotheo Guamuh Flores Stadium (then called Mateo Flores) in France during a 1998 World Cup qualifier in the Central American country. Between Guatemala and Costa Rica.
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