6 die in Ital­ian night­club stam­pede, many in­jured

The Asian Age - - World -

Corinaldo, Italy, Dec. 8: Six peo­ple, in­clud­ing five teenagers, died and dozens were in­jured in a stam­pede when panic broke out dur­ing a rap con­cert at an Ital­ian night­club early on Satur­day.

The sus­pected use of a pep­per spray- like sub­stance is thought to have sparked the chaos at the venue in the town of Corinaldo, near An­cona in cen­tral Italy.

“The cause may have been the dis­per­sal of a sting­ing sub­stance, the young peo­ple fled and tram­pled over each other. Sadly, six peo­ple died and dozens are in­jured,” the fire ser­vice said in a state­ment on Twit­ter.

The vic­tims in­clude five peo­ple un­der the age of 18 — three girls and two boys — and an adult woman who ac­com­pa­nied her daugh­ter to the con­cert.

Seven peo­ple are in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion, doc­tors said, with at least 50 in­jured in to­tal.

As the crowd pan­icked, peo­ple ran for the three emer­gency ex­its, one of which led to a small bridge and the car park.

The force of the flee­ing crowd made a rail­ing col­lapse and dozens of peo­ple fell, crush­ing those at the bot­tom of the pile, ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Grainy mo­bile phone footage ap­peared to show part of a walk­way col­laps­ing, send­ing dozens of peo­ple tum­bling down.

Iron­i­cally, those who re­mained in­side the night­club were un­harmed.

“We were danc­ing and wait­ing for the con­cert to start when we smelt this pun­gent odour,” a 16- yearold boy who was taken to hospi­tal told the me­dia.

“We ran to an emer­gency exit but found it blocked, the bounc­ers told us to go back.”

A pile of aban­doned shoes tes­ti­fied to the chaos.

— AP

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