At least 19 people have died and over 100 people have been injured after being crushed in a stampede at Love Parade in the city of Duisburg, Germany.
The disaster occurred when a massive crowd of people took a short cut through a tunnel at the festival site – the tunnel was too narrow to cope with the volume of people. The Guardian reports that:
“Police said the passageway quickly turned into a bottleneck, describing it as being like trying to get through “the eye of a needle”. Those inside panicked and a stampede ensued.”
The Love Parade website has been modified to display a simple message following the tragic events of today:
“Our wish to arrange a happy togetherness was overshadowed by the tragic accidents today. Therefore we are ending the live stream of the Loveparade. Our sincere condolences to all the relatives and our thoughts are with all of those who are currently being taken care of. The city of Duisburg has set up a hotline at which concerned relatives can get further information: ++49 – (0) 203-94000.”
Love Parade is the largest electronic music festival in the world. It originated in Berlin in 1989 and over the years has grown to become immensely popular, attracting visitors from all over the world. The festival was held at Duisburg this year for the first time, and the attendance is estimated to have been possibly as much as 1.4 million people.
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