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Tragedy strikes at Love Parade music festival

  • DPA
  • Jul 25, 2010, 09:11 AM IST
At least 19 people died and more than 300 were injured on Saturday when revellers at the Love Parade music festival in Duisburg in Germany, set off a stampede in a crowded access tunnel, police said.The stampede occurred at 1500 GMT as the final act of the day was beginning at the festival, which up to 1.4 million people were attending, according to local media.Witnesses told of how ever more people, some drunk, attempted to get into the festival grounds by walking through a tunnel that led under a motorway and up to the former goods railway station where the massive party was taking place.Sixteen people had died on the scene when the crowd in the tunnel panicked, with some being trampled to death, police said. More victims died later in hospital. The festival grounds were reportedly, at the time of the crush, closed off due to the high number of people already inside.Early Sunday, police drastically increased the number of people reported injured to 342 from an earlier estimate of 80. A police spokesman could not provide information on the severity of the injuries.German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her sorrow and shock at the fatal accident.Police said that 10 people were resuscitated at the scene by emergency workers.The identities and nationalities of the dead have not yet been released.The Love Parade, one of the world's largest electronic music events, had been founded in Berlin in 1989 as a peace parade shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall.The president called for a full and immediate investigation of the incident. The exact cause of the accident is not yet clear.Even as emergency services attempted to reach the accident site, barring an adjacent motorway to land helicopters, the party continued. Organisers feared that a further wave of people trying to exit the event would create a second, possibly uncontrollable panic.      

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