One Person Dies, 40 Sustain Injuries in Stage Collapse During Music Festival in Spain

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© Reuters. A view shows Medusa music festival venue after high winds caused part of a stage to collapse, in Cullera, near Valencia, Spain, August 13, 2022. REUTERS/Eva Manez
© Reuters. A view shows Medusa music festival venue after high winds caused part of a stage to collapse, in Cullera, near Valencia, Spain, August 13, 2022. REUTERS/Eva Manez

At least one person died and 17 others sustained injuries after a stage collapsed due to strong wind at a music festival in the Spanish autonomous community of Valencia, the local emergency coordination center said on Saturday.

“At 4:18 a.m. (2:18 GMT), a part of the stage collapsed at a festival… in [the municipality of] Cullera due to a strong gust of wind… One person died, three sustained multiple serious injuries, 14 sustained minor contusions,” the Emergencies 112CV emergency coordination center tweeted.

The center added that some 40 people have been evacuated from the festival.

Later on Saturday, the EFE news agency reported that the number of injured rose to 40. The media also specified that the person who died in the incident was a 22-year-old man.

The incident occurred at Medusa Festival 2022 — a dance music festival in Cullera, Spain — on the Valencian town’s beach.

The festival was initially supposed to take place from August 10-15, but organizers decided to end the event ahead of the schedule due to the tragedy, according to a statement published in social networks.

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