At least 15 dead in German techno parade stampede
An epidemic has killed at least 15 people after a massive panic erupted in a tunnel at a techno music festival in Germany’s Love Parade on Saturday.
Overcrowding in the entrance tunnel to an old freight railroad station when the event was triggered brought stampede and then a sensation among the young people attending the festival.
The festival, which was attended by about 1.4 million people, has not been canceled immediately because the authorities feared to cause more panic and chaos in the crowded place.
“There was no escape,” said Marius, a participant on the Love Parade Bild.de website. “People are pressing on the wall. I was afraid of dying.”
A woman raver told Bild: “I was lucky I found a hole to escape, but two women died at my side.”
Rescue work was hampered by the huge crowd attending one of the biggest electronic music events in Europe in good weather, authorities said. People came from all over Europe to Love Parade with the majority in the age group of 18-25 years.
Police in the industrial city of Ruhr in Duisburg in western Germany had tried to close the entrance to the tunnel.
“This is a situation of terror, especially since the rescue teams can not get through the wounded,” ZDF TV reporter Muenten Thomas said, adding: “The people were literally crushed in the way of this tunnel” .
“To avoid further chaos, the event has not been canceled. People are invited to leave the area in silence,” he added.
Ambulances came to pick up the victims and police set up an emergency relief post near the entrance, where live footage of WDR television showed thousands of people leaving the festival and for main train station.
At first, the music and people exploded were down, ignoring the tragedy that unfolds nearby.
Police said the death toll at 6:30 pm GMT was 15, with nine women and six men, with at least 15 more injured. There were no immediate details about the dead.
The police tried to reanimate people with the kiss of life. Some media reported that at least 100 people were injured in the accident.
The location of the images showed the music continues to play as rescue helicopters flew overhead and WDR reported that the mobile phone networks had failed because they were overloaded.
“Emergency workers have trouble getting to the area because of the mass crowd,” said fire department spokesman Reuters Duisburg, refusing to be identified.
The annual event, now with a backdrop of electronic dance music such as House, Trance and Techno, eye-catching costumes and energetic dance moves, was held in Berlin in 1989 as an event to promote music peace.
Internationally, similar Love shows have taken place in Zurich, San Francisco, Mexico City, Acapulco, Vienna, Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Sydney, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, Oslo and Budapest.