One person was killed and dozens injured when high winds collapsed part of a stage at a dance music festival near the Spanish city of Valencia in the early hours of Saturday, regional emergency services said.
Other infrastructure was also damaged when gusts of wind hit the Medusa Festival, a massive electronic music festival held over six days in the east coast town of Cullera, south of Valencia.
Of the injured, three suffered serious trauma injuries and 14 others suffered minor injuries, regional emergency services tweeted. Regional health officials later said 40 people were being cared for.
“We are completely devastated and saddened by what happened this morning,” organizers said in a statement on the festival’s Facebook page.
They said “extraordinary” weather conditions caused damage to various infrastructure at the festival site.
“Around four in the morning, unexpected and violent high winds destroyed certain areas of the festival, forcing the management to take the immediate decision to evacuate the concert area to ensure the safety of visitors, workers and performers,” the organizers said.
The festival was said to be suspended for the time being.
National broadcaster TVE showed images of strong gusts of wind beating people’s tents in the middle of the night.
“We are in shock because we were 30 meters (from the stage) away. It could have been me, it could have been anyone,” Jesus Carretero, who attended the festival with his brother, told TVE.
National weather agency AEMET said there were “strong gusts of wind and a sudden rise in temperature” during the night, with gusts of 82 km/h (51 mph) recorded at Alicante airport in the Valencia region.
https://nypost.com/2022/08/13/medusa-festival-in-spain-leaves-one-dead-after-stage-collapse-dozens-injured/ At the Medusa Festival in Spain, there is one dead after a stage collapse, dozens injured