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Eight killed after crowd surge at Texas festival

Baku, November 7, AZERTAC

At least eight people have died and scores of people have been hurt after a crowd surge on the opening night of a music festival in Houston, Texas, BBC reports.

Panic broke out after the crowd began to press towards the front of the stage at rapper Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival, emergency officials said.

Eleven people were taken to hospitals in cardiac arrest and eight died. Some casualties are aged as young as 10.

Some 50,000 people attended the outdoor event, which has been cancelled.

Astroworld said in a statement that their hearts were with the "festival family... especially those we lost and their loved ones", and they thanked local emergency services for their response.

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