Spain’s Medusa competition: One lifeless, 17 injured after stage collapse

Madrid, Spain

One individual died Saturday and 17 have been injured, three of them significantly, after a stage collapsed at a music competition close to Valencia, Spain, in accordance with native officers.

Catastrophe struck on the Medusa Pageant within the city of Cullera close to Valencia at 4:18 a.m. native time “due to a strong gust of wind,” they mentioned.

The person killed was 22 years outdated, the Spanish Civil Guard advised CNN.

The Civil Guard, Spain’s paramilitary police unit that’s accountable for the investigation, additionally mentioned there was extra harm than simply the partial collapse of the stage.

“Due to a strong gust of wind, the main entrance and the main stage of the Medusa Festival in Cullera fell to the ground,” a spokesperson in Valencia advised CNN.

There have been about 50,000 folks on the competition web site when the incident occurred, it mentioned, including that it took 40 minutes to evacuate folks from the competition, with the exit doorways functioning correctly.

Ximo Puig, president of the Valencia regional authorities, provided condolences to the sufferer’s household and pals in a Saturday tweet.

“A terrible accident that shocks all of us. I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the young man who died early this morning at the Medusa Festival in Cullera,” Puig mentioned.

Early Saturday morning, competition administration introduced on Instagram that that they had suspended the competition “as a consequence of inclement climate… with the goal of guaranteeing the safety of the concert-goers, staff and artists gathered on the Medusa Pageant.

Later Saturday, organizers formally canceled the competition, saying that the “adverse and unexpected weather conditions that are expected to continue throughout the day oblige us morally and out of responsibility to put an end to our 2022 edition.”

“It is a day of mourning. And respect for those affected,” organizers mentioned in a press release posted to social media, including: “Our thoughts constantly are for each and every one of those affected, directly or indirectly, by the unfortunate, unexpected and unavoidable accident.”

Movies posted on social media early Saturday confirmed robust winds and buildings falling from the stage as giant crowds of competition attendees had been evacuated.

The Valencia part of Spain’s nationwide climate service (AEMET) mentioned on Twitter that heat breezes had been producing very robust gusts of wind and abrupt will increase in temperature.

Round 3 a.m. native time, the temperature was a blistering 40.5 Celsius (104.9 levels Fahrenheit) on the Alicante-Elche airport, simply south of the live performance web site, on the Mediterranean coast – with winds measuring 82 kilometers (round 50 miles) per hour.

Temperatures have been hovering throughout Europe with droughts declared in a number of elements of England and wildfires in France.