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Tower fall leads to fatality at Roskilde

By | Published on Monday 4 July 2011

Roskilde Festival

A young woman died at this weekend’s Roskilde festival in Denmark after falling from a tower in the event’s camping area that was part of an aerial cable ride run by one of the festival’s sponsors. Another festival-goer fell but suffered only light injuries.

It’s the first fatality at the mega-festival since the crowd surge in 2000 which led to the death of nine festival-goers. The Danish festival is generally considered one of the safest since the 2000 incident, after a series of safety and crowd control systems were introduced after that tragedy.

A spokesman for the event said this weekend’s accident was “very tragic”, adding that organisers were waiting for more information from the police regarding the incident before making any further comment.