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Spain festival stage collapse kills one, injures dozens after “extraordinary” winds

CA, 14 Aug 2022
One person died and dozens were injured when high winds collapsed part of a stage at a dance music festival near the Spanish city of Valencia in the early hours of Saturday, regional emergency services said.

Other infrastructure was also damaged when gusts battered the Medusa Festival, a huge electronic music event held over six days in the east coast town of Cullera, south of Valencia.

Of the injured, three suffered serious trauma injuries and 14 had more minor injuries, regional emergency services tweeted. Regional health authorities said later that 40 people were treated.

"We are completely devastated and saddened at what happened this morning," organizers said in a statement on the festival's Facebook page. They said "extraordinary" weather conditions had caused damage to various infrastructure on the festival site.

People who were at the music festival spoke of their shock in the morning as attendees left in droves. “The party is the least important thing, the important thing is that someone has died,” one attendee from the Canary Islands said.

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