HOUSTON – Houston area officials are sharing more information after 8 people were killed following a crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival on Friday.
Here are some of the key numbers we’re hearing since a news conference early Saturday morning with the Houston Fire Department, the Houston Police Department and Harris County.
25 people sent to hospital
Paramedics transported 25 people to the hospital. As of Saturday, 13 people remain hospitalized. Four were discharged.
In a news conference early Saturday morning, officials shared updates about the event. Watch the full news conference at the bottom of this article for the latest information and get more details here as the story develops.
11 people in cardiac arrest
11 of those transported were in cardiac arrest, according to Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena.
Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said the crowd, which numbered an estimated 50,000, compressed toward the stage.
Sixteen Houston Fire Department units dispatched to Texans Stadium at 8400 Kirby Dive
The crowd surge began around 9:15 p.m. and authorities began transporting people to hospitals around 9:38 p.m. An officer who witnessed the incident, said it seemed to happen “all at once.”
Call upgraded to a Mass Casualty Level 1
Additional 14 HFD units called to the scene
Level 1 refers to 10-20 transportable patients
HFD Call for cardiac arrests due to crush injuries
Homicide reports they have one female CPR patient
HFD units transporting cardiac patients to Ben Taub due to crush injuries
HFD units dispatch Mass Casualty event Level 2
Dispatched to Maroon Lot at Fannin
Level 2 refers to approximately 20-50 transportable patients
Second cardiac arrest patient transported – Unknown destination
Crews using “basic units” for transporting patients (not ambulances)
Cardiac arrest patient taken to Park Plaza Hospital on Hermann Drive
Over 300 people were tended to at an on-site field hospital throughout the day.
8686 Kirby Drive
Anyone who has not heard from a loved one who attended the event is urged to go to a reunification center set up at the Wyndham Houston Hotel, located at 8686 Kirby Drive.
528 police officers, 755 security officers
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said over 500 police officers and 755 security officers were stationed at the event Friday. Finner previously stated 367 police officers and 241 security officers were stationed at the event.
Event organizers ended the concert early and canceled Day 2 of the festival.
Police Chief Troy Finner, Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo media briefing on mass casualty incident at NRG Park.Posted by Houston Police Department on Saturday, November 6, 2021