6 dead in Italy night­club stam­pede

Cebu Daily News - - WORLD -

At least six peo­ple died and dozens were in­jured in a stam­pede when panic broke out dur­ing a rap con­cert at an Ital­ian night­club early Satur­day.

Me­dia re­ports said the sus­pected use of a pep­per spray-like sub­stance sparked the chaos at the venue in the town of Cori­naldo 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.

Lo­cal fire chief Dino Pog- gi­ali said that 14 of the in­jured were in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion, and 40 less se­ri­ous.

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

The force of the flee­ing crowd made a rail­ing col­lapse and dozens of peo­ple fell, crush­ing those be­low to death.

A pile of aban­doned shoes tes­ti­fied to the chaos of the stam­pede, with sur­vivors and the be­reaved weep­ing out­side the night­club as emer­gency ve­hi­cles tended to the in­jured, lo­cal news­pa­per An­cona To­day re­ported.

“It can’t be! You can’t die like that. Wake up Mat­tia, I beg you,” one un­named woman cried as she knelt by her son’s body, the pa­per said.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at around 1 a.m.

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

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