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At least nine people have been killed in a stampede at the Independence Day music festival in Guatemala

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, authorities and emergency services said on Thursday.

According to Maria del Carmen Sajquim, spokeswoman for the Western Regional Hospital of Guatemala, six people were injured at the outdoor festival in the early hours of Thursday.

The injured were taken to hospital and are said to have suffered fractures, local firefighters previously said on Twitter.

A member of the Ministry of State covers bodies after a stampede following a concert marking Guatemala's Independence Day in Quetzaltenango
A member of the Ministry of State covers bodies after the stampede at a Guatemalan Independence Day concert in Quetzaltenango.
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Witnesses at the scene said the venue only had two exits and chaos ensued as everyone rushed to the exits.

Local media described the festival, which featured more than 10 bands, as an annual event marking Independence Day in the Central American country.

The stampede is just one of the many fatal accidents at public events Latin America has seen in recent years.

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A family member of one of the victims speaks with a coroner after nine people were killed and 20 others injured at a music festival in Quetzaltenango.
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In June, four people were killed and around 70 injured when part of a grandstand collapsed in a bullring in the Colombian city of El Espinal.

In one of the region’s most tragic events, a fire at a Buenos Aires nightclub in 2004 killed 194 people after a concertgoer lit a torch shortly after the Callejeros rock band performed in the crowded venue.

Firefighters and police officers stand next to the bodies of people who died in a stampede during an outdoor concert to mark Independence Day celebrations in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
Firefighters and police officers stand next to the bodies of people who died in a stampede at an outdoor concert to mark Independence Day celebrations in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
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