Five night­club­bers and mom killed in stam­pede

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - WORLD -

SIX peo­ple, in­clud­ing five teenagers, were crushed to death yes­ter­day in a stam­pede at a packed night­club near An­cona on Italy’s Adri­atic coast, of­fi­cials said.

The deaths oc­curred when a walk­way lead­ing out of the Lan­terna Az­zurra night­club in the town of Cori­naldo col­lapsed, caus­ing dozens of peo­ple to fall into a trench be­low.

Three girls, two boys and a mother who had ac­com­pa­nied her child to the event, died in the crush. Po­lice said the teenagers were aged be­tween 14 and 16, while the dead woman was 39. More than 100 other peo­ple were in­jured, 13 of them se­ri­ously, of­fi­cials said. The lo­cal fire bri­gade said some­one might have sprayed pep­per spray into the crowd, trig­ger­ing a pan­icked rush to the emer­gency ex­its.

Deputy Prime Minister Mat­teo Salvini said early in­di­ca­tions sug­gested that the club was over­crowded. Pop­u­lar Ital­ian rap­per, Sfera Eb­basta, had been due to per­form.

“Peo­ple can­not die like this,” Salvini said. “We will find those re­spon­si­ble for these six bro­ken lives, those who out of mal­ice, stu­pid­ity or greed have turned a party night into a tragedy,” he said. |

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