Spanish music festival stage collapse kills 1, injures dozens

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Part of a temporary concert stage collapsed in strong winds at an open-air music festival in eastern Spain on Saturday, killing one person and injuring dozens more, announced the regional authorities.

Valencia region emergency services said a “strong gust of wind” toppled parts of the Medusa festival stage structure around 4am local time. Around 40 people had to be taken to hospital, three of them seriously injured.

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“We are completely devastated and saddened by what happened this morning,” organizers said on the festival’s Facebook page.

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The Medusa Festival is a six-day electronic music festival in Cullera, Spain.

Music festival organizers said in a statement that they ordered concert venues to be cleaned when the wind picked up.

Videos posted on social media show strong winds as large crowds of festival-goers were evacuated.

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“It was a terrible accident that stunned us all,” Valencia regional president Ximo Puig wrote on Twitter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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