Hundreds of terrified Peruvian fans were crushed and nearly fifty needed medical attention, on April 28, when the crowd lost control and rushed the stage during One Direction’s first world tour concert in Peru.
The first stop on One Direction’s world tour in Peru didn’t end the way they wanted it to. The group on stage begged fans to calm down but it was too late. The five had to stand by and watch as the massive crowd pushed towards the stage in an effort to get as close as they could to the band.
One Direction Scary Incident: 47 Injured After Fans Rush The Stage
Reportedly, several people are still being treated for symptoms of asphyxia and abnormal breathing as a result of a severely deficient supply of oxygen entering their body, reports the DailyMail.
One Direction band member, Niall Horan, was said to have warned the crowd to pull back otherwise the concert would be stopped immediately.
“If you don’t want anyone to take us off the stage, make sure you stay back,” Niall said. Right after Niall’s warning, Liam Payne said , “or we’ll have to go — and we don’t want to go.”
Following the disastrous incident, makeshift tents were used as emergency pop-up medical centers. Additionally, an emergency evacuation plan was put in place by the head of Peru’s volunteer fire service, Mario Cassareto.
One Direction Incident: Fans Crushed Trying To Rush The Stage
“We put in place a second evacuation plan so that the younger fans were not affected,” Mario explained in a statement released after the incident.
“We’re working with the police and the security companies [who were contracted for the show], 911 and VIP. It’s under control and we are still treating those with symptoms of asphyxia that we pulled from the back.”
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