Guatemala: 9 Dead in Stampede at Music Festival

Paramedics and government officials stand at a scene following a stampede at a concert to commemorate the country's Independence Day that left people dead and injured, in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala September 15, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer
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GUATEMALA CITY, Sept 15 (Reuters) – At least nine people died, including two 12-year-old children, in a stampede at a large rock concert in the western Guatemalan city of Quetzaltenango, auth;rities and emergency services said on Thursday.

Six people were injured at the outdoor festival in the early hours of Thursday, according to Maria del Carmen Sajquim, spokesperson for Guatemala’s Western Regional Hospital.

The injured people were transferred to the hospital and were believed to have suffered fractures, local firefighters said earlier on Twitter.

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Witnesses at the scene said the venue only had two exits and that chaos ensued as everyone rushed the exits.

Local media described the festival where more than 10 bands played as an annual event marking independence day in the Central American country.

The stampede is just one of the many deadly accidents at public events that Latin America has witnessed in recent years.

Four people in June were killed and about 70 injured when part of a stand collapsed at a bullring in the town of El Espinal, Colombia. read more

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In one of region’s most tragic events, a 2004 fire at a Buenos Aires nightclub killed 194 people after a concert-goer set off a flare in the packed venue soon after the Callejeros rock band came on stage.

Reporting by Enrique Garcia; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Cynthia Osterman
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