Hundreds hurt as platform collapses at Spanish festival

Carla Harmon
August 13, 2018

Eyewitnesses told the BBC that the wooden platform collapsed after Rels B told the crowd to jump.

"It was a matter of five seconds".

"There were people underneath me, shouting they couldn't get out".

"Two people, one of them was a friend of mine who was not able to get out, the container was falling on us and we were trying to hold it in". "A boy gave me his hand in the end and I got out". "There was a girl with blood on her head". People landed on top of me.

Another 16-year-old said: "We were on the walkway when it opened up. I tried to get out and someone helped me". "There are five hospitalisations, mainly broken bones and some head injuries", he told local radio.

The seafront platform, which was 30 metres (98 feet) long by 10 metres wide, was packed with people watching a rap artist in the northwestern city of Vigo when it suddenly collapsed just before midnight on Sunday, Vigo mayor Abel Caballero told reporters at the scene.

In a tweet, he wished "strength" to the injured and advised anyone anxious about friends or relatives to contact an emergency information point set up by festival organisers.

The president of the Vigo port authority, Enrique Cesar Lopez Veiga, said he suspects there was a structural problem in the boardwalk, which is supported by concrete pillars.

"O Marisquiño" bills itself as an urban, culture and action sports festival.

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