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Man dies after stage collapses as strong winds hit Spanish music festival

By | Published on Monday 15 August 2022

One person died and dozens more were injured when a stage collapsed at the Medusa festival near the Spanish city of Valencia this weekend.

The stage collapsed after high winds hit the site of the six day electronic music festival in the early hours of Saturday morning.

According to Reuters, about 40 people were ultimately seen to by medics following the stage collapse, with three reported to have serious trauma injuries in addition to the fatality. Local police told CNN that the festival-goer who was killed in the incident was a 22 year old male.

The rest of the festival was postponed and then cancelled. The strong winds had caused other damage to infrastructure around the festival site, and organisers said that – with the “adverse and unexpected weather conditions” expected to continue – they had a moral obligation to call off the event.

They added in a statement: “It is a day of mourning and respect for those affected. Our thoughts …are for each and every one of those affected, directly or indirectly, by the unfortunate, unexpected and unavoidable accident”.