Crowd surge during Travis Scott's performance at the artist's Astroworld Festival leads to crowd surge leaving eight dead and hundreds injured.
According to officials, over 50,000 concert goers descended on the main stage at NRG Stadium for Travis Scott's performance. Shortly after the rapper began his set, chaos ensued with fans being trampled as the audience pushed towards the front of the stage, according to Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña.
"The crowd began to compress toward the front of the stage, and people began to panic," Peña said.
The apparent surge reportedly lead to hundreds of injuries which quickly overwhelmed festival medical staff. In the aftermath, eight fatalities have been confirmed and the show was officially canceled by the show's promoter, Live Nation, after being deemed a mass casualty event.
Earlier this morning Astroworld issued an official statement on their Instagram sending their condolences to the affected families and thanking the Houston Police, Fire Department, and NRG Stadium personnel for the handling of the situation.
[UPDATE] Travis Scott's official statement: