Sat, 30 Sep 2023

VALENCIA, Spain: Officials from Spanish emergency services reported that after high winds caused part of the main stage to collapse at the Medusa Festival near the Spanish city of Valencia, one person was killed and dozens were injured on the weekend.

Other infrastructure was also damaged when gusts battered the festival, a major music festival held over six days in the east coast town of Cullera.

Regional health authorities said 32 people were taken to hospitals and three were admitted for treatment, while organizers said for the safety of attendees, they were canceling the remainder of the festival.

On the festival's Facebook page, the organizers posted, "We are completely devastated and saddened at what happened." adding "extreme" weather conditions had caused damage to the festival site.

"At around four in the morning, unexpected and violent strong winds destroyed certain areas of the festival, forcing management to make the immediate decision to vacate the concert area to guarantee the safety of attendees, workers and artists," organizers added.

When the incident occurred, DJ Miguel Serna was on the main stage for his 3 to 4 a.m set.
He wrote on Instagram, "It was a tense few minutes, I have never experienced anything like it before. The tragedy happened just at the end of my session on the main stage, just below it, which was the most affected area. It was a few moments of horror, I am still in shock."

According to national weather agency AEMET, "strong gusts of wind and a sudden rise in temperatures" occurred, with gusts of 51 mph being recorded at Alicante airport, Valencia.

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