One person was killed and dozens were injured when high winds caused part of a stage to collapse during a dance music festival near the Spanish city of Valencia in the early hours of Saturday, regional emergency services announced.
Other infrastructure was also damaged when gusts hit the Medusa Festival, a huge six-day electronic music festival in the east coast town of Cullera, south of Valencia.
Of the injured, three suffered serious trauma and 14 suffered more minor injuries, regional emergency services tweeted. Regional health authorities later said 40 people had been treated.
“We are completely devastated and saddened by what happened this morning,” organizers said in a statement posted on the festival’s Facebook page.
They said “extraordinary” weather caused damage to various infrastructure at the festival site.
“Around four in the morning, strong and unexpected winds destroyed some areas of the festival, forcing management to take the immediate decision to leave the concert area to ensure the safety of participants, workers and artists,” said the directors. organizers.
The festival has been suspended for the time being, they said.
National broadcaster TVE showed footage of strong gusts of wind hitting people’s tents in the middle of the night.
“We are in shock because we were 30 meters (from the scene). It could have been me, it could have been anyone,” Jesus Carretero, who attended the festival with his brother, told TVE.
National weather agency AEMET said there had been “strong gusts of wind and a sudden increase in temperatures” overnight, with gusts of 82 km/h (51 mph) recorded at the airport. Alicante in the region of Valencia.