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Guatemalan independence day music festival stampede kills at least nine

At least nine people died, including two 12-year-old children, in a stampede at a large rock concert in the western Guatemalan city of Quetzaltenango, authorities and emergency services said on Thursday.

Six people were injured at the outdoor festival in the early hours of Thursday, according to Maria del Carmen Sajquim, spokesperson for Guatemala’s Western Regional Hospital.

The injured people were transferred to the hospital and were believed to have suffered fractures, local firefighters said earlier on Twitter.

A member of the Public Ministry covers corpses after a stampede following a concert for Guatemala's independence day in Quetzaltenango
A member of the Public Ministry covers corpses following the stampede at a concert for Guatemala’s independence day in Quetzaltenango.
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Witnesses at the scene said the venue only had two exits and that chaos ensued as everyone rushed the exits.

Local media described the festival where more than 10 bands played as an annual event marking independence day in the Central American country.

The stampede is just one of the many deadly accidents at public events that Latin America has witnessed in recent years.

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A family member of one of the victims speaks with a forensic doctor after nine people were killed and 20 others were injured at a music festival in Quetzaltenango.
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Four people in June were killed and about 70 injured when part of a stand collapsed at a bullring in the town of El Espinal, Colombia.

In one of the region’s most tragic events, a 2004 fire at a Buenos Aires nightclub killed 194 people after a concert-goer set off a flare in the packed venue soon after the Callejeros rock band came on stage.

Firefighters and police stand next to the bodies of people who died in a stampede during an outdoor concert for Independence Day celebrations in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala,
Firefighters and police stand next to the bodies of people who died in a stampede during an outdoor concert for Independence Day celebrations in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
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