1 killed, over 20 injured, concert stage collapses due to strong winds

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At least one person has been killed and more than 20 injured after parts of the stage collapsed due to gusts of wind during a concert in Spain.

A Valencia government official said three of the wounded were in critical condition on Saturday.

Staff members clean the venue of the Medusa Festival, an electronic music festival, after a section of the stage collapsed due to strong winds in Cullera, near Valencia, Spain, on August 13, 2022.

Eva Manez / Reuters

Organizers said in a statement that an “unexpected and violent thunderstorm” struck the grounds of the Medusa Festival in Cullera, Spain, at around 4 a.m. local time on Saturday.

As the weather worsened, the organizers ordered the evacuation of the area around the stage, saying, “Unfortunately, a devastating meteorological event caused some structures to suffer unexpected events.”

Videos taken at the scene showed fragments of a platform breaking in strong gusts of wind.

Photo: Young people leave the Medusa concert after part of a stage collapsed due to strong winds in Culera, near Valencia, Spain, on August 13, 2022.
Young people leave the Medusa concert after a section of the stage collapsed due to strong winds, in Culera, near Valencia, Spain, on August 13, 2022.

Eva Manez / Reuters

Local media reported that a 28-year-old man had died.

“Medusa Festival Management would like to express our deepest and sincere condolences to the family and friends affected by last night’s fatalities,” organizers said in a statement.

Photo: Shows the location of the Medusa Festival, an electronic music festival, after a portion of the stage collapsed due to strong winds in Culera, near Valencia, Spain, on August 13, 2022.
A view shows the venue of the Medusa Festival, an electronic music festival, after a portion of the stage collapsed due to strong winds in Cullera, near Valencia, Spain, on August 13, 2022.

Eva Manez / Reuters

The electronic music festival began on Friday.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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