Tragedy strikes, Travis Scott’s Astroworld event takes lives of fans

EJ Sanchez, Sports Editor

   Astroworld, a worldwide phenomenon, quickly turned into a worldwide disaster. On November 5, a true nightmare unfolded when a large surge of a very overly populated crowd killed eight victims at Travis Scott’s Astroworld.

The ages of the eight victims consisted of 14, 16, 21, 23 and the oldest being 27 years old. On top of these deaths, 25 individuals were transported to the hospital with 13 remaining hospitalized for a longer period of time. 

Over 50,000 Scott fans filled NRG Park in Houston for the event, creating no room for individuals to move or even breathe. It was the last place someone with claustrophobia would be.

“The crowd was squishing me so much that I felt like I couldn’t breathe,I started screaming for help … I felt so scared, like I was going to die,” Emily Munguia, 22, told Cable News Network (CNN).

Most of the victims passed out due to the struggle to breathe, then getting swept underneath the mass of people pushing to the front of the arena. The deaths were caused after the victims were trampled by the crowd’s surge. With so many people crowded in one spot, it was hard to save yourself or others.

There are many different factors that contributed to this disaster, one being: the event was severely understaffed, with under qualified, and overly tired workers. When the security staff was hired for the festival, for most of them, it was their first time working an event this large. They had a mandatory informational session the night before, in which someone had gone through a slide show presentation. On the test they had to pass at the end of the night, the instructor gave them all the answers needed to pass the test. These workers were not even trained properly, thus contributing to the problem.

The training session had gone until 11:30 at night, taking away from a proper night’s rest before the 7:00 A.M. start time for the event the next morning. Once these workers had arrived at the festival, various attendees noticed the alarmingly scarce amount of workers present. When they were given their tasks for the night, the workers were not told what to do or how to do it, only where to stand. This breakdown of the staff was one of the factors that contributed to the disaster that occured.

There are a lot of legal actions that have been made towards Travis Scott himself. Recently, a Texas attorney filed a two billion dollar lawsuit against Travis Scott for all 252 victims.

“The defendants stood to make an exorbitant amount of money off this event, and they still chose to cut corners, cut costs, and put attendees at risk,” Attorney Thomas Henry told CNN.

The lawsuit will be against not only Scott but Drake, who was part of the event, NRG Park, and Apple Music. Although the future for Scott and Astroworld concerts are uncertain, at the moment it is clear that Scott and those involved will have a long and bumpy road ahead.