The Houston Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have created a website where the public can upload pictures and videos taken during the Astroworld Festival on Nov. 5 when a crowd crush resulted in 10 deaths and dozens of serious injuries.
According to a news report, police made the announcement on Jan. 14 saying that after reviewing numerous hours of video evidence from the festival, they will enlist the FBI’s help.
Serious Injuries and Fatalities at Astroworld Festival
The new website (fbi.gov/astroworld) will allow the public to upload photos or videos that were taken during the festival, particularly in the main venue area where the deadly surge occurred from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Nov. 5. The deadly crush at Astroworld Festival happened as Travis Scott, a rapper and one of the event’s producers, took to the stage and performed. The youngest of the victims was 9-year-old Ezra Blount, while others who died ranged in age from 14 to 27.
At least 300 people were injured and treated at the festival site and 25 were taken to hospitals for further treatment. In December, officials announced that the fatally injured victims died from compression asphyxia, a situation where respiration is prevented due to external pressure on the body. It is usually because of external force compressing the trunk due to heavy weights over the chest or abdomen.
Medical experts have said the pressure from the crowd surge at Astroworld Festival was so great that it quickly squeezed all the air from victims’ lungs causing them to pass out within a minute or so and die because critical organs such as the heart and brain were depleted of oxygen.
Nearly 400 lawsuits have been filed to date over injuries and fatalities at the concert, many against Live Nation and Scott. Families of deceased victims have denied Scott’s offer to pay for their loved ones’ funerals saying he should take responsibility for the deaths and injuries.
Our personal injury attorneys would urge anyone who has videos or still photos from the night of Nov. 5 at Astroworld Festival to upload them to this site so law enforcement officials get a better picture of what happened and how it happened. This is a tragedy of enormous proportions that could have been prevented had organizers been diligent about putting in safety measures to prevent such a crowd surge.
If you or a loved one was injured at the Nov. 5 Astroworld Festival crowd surge, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you better understand your legal rights and options.