In the United States, at least eleven people were trampled or smothered to death in a stampede by thousands of fans trying to get seats for a night concert by the British rock group, The Who, on Monday (3rd December).
GV AND PAN TO Dead being carried away from concert hall
SV Dead lying on ground (2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN TO CU People crying
GV Police trying to resuscitate man
SV Injured outside concert hall(2 shots)
LV The Who on the stage (2 shots)
GV Fans outside stadium
CU Parent speaking in English
CU Woman crying and eyewitnesses speaking in English (3 shots)
GV Cleaner sweeping up broken glass
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 8: PARENT: "There was no way that I could get in and I had a ticket--now don't you think that's ridiculous. You could still go in if you'd got a ticket, and nine people were supposed to be dead in there?"
REPORTER: "Did you have family there?"
PARENT: "I've got two children in there. I've got a daughter fifteen and a son twenty-one. I can't go in. I'd go buy a hundred dollar ticket right now if I could, but he says that's the only way I can get in there.
REPORTER: "Do you think they should stop the concert?"
PARENT: "I think it should be closed down."
PARENT: "People were not stopping. The intercoms were going 'move back', and nobody would move. It's a wreck in there."
FAN: "It's a shame that it happened. But, in my opinion they should have more doors opens, instead of one or two on each side of the building. Nobody could hardly ever get in. If the door's open, the kids can see that. They all just started to push. It was just one massive wave of pushing. You could actually see the kids--they'd push and they'd push again. Any that might have fallen in the front were just trampled."
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Background: In the United States, at least eleven people were trampled or smothered to death in a stampede by thousands of fans trying to get seats for a night concert by the British rock group, The Who, on Monday (3rd December). At least ten more were seriously injured in the rush to get into the riverside stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, to occupy the best seats.
SYNOPSIS: Pandemonium broke out when fans inside the building raced for the seats nearest the stage. Seven youths and four girls in their late teens and early twenties were killed in the surge, and many others fell injured. It took police some fifteen minutes to plough through the crowd to reach the casualties to attempt the revive them.
Police officers said the crowd had already passed through the turnstiles when the stampede broke out. The eighteen-thousand-seat auditorium had been a sell-out, but many seats had been sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, and people were crushed underfoot in the melee to reach the best places. Police did not tell members of The Who what had happened until later, as they feared cancelling the concert might bring further havoc.