1 dead and dozens injured in Spain after music festival stage collapses

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Natxo Frances/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (13089693c) A Civil Guard vehicle is parked in front of the Medusa Music Festival venue after a stage partially collapsed early in the morning due to high winds , in the coastal town of Cullera, Valencia, Spain, August 13, 2022. At least one person died and 17 others were injured when part of the main stage collapsed shortly after 04:00 a.m. local time, services said regional emergencies. At least one dead as music festival stage collapses amid high winds in Spain, Cullera – August 13, 2022

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One person was killed and dozens more injured when strong winds caused a stage to partially collapse early Saturday morning at a music festival in Spain.

As reported by CBS News, doctors reported that the incident happened just after 4 a.m. at the EDM Medusa festival. The dance music event took place on Cullera beach, about 30 miles south of Valencia, Spain.

CBS reported that an unidentified man in his “early 20s” died after being “struck by parts of the stage” as she fell.

“At 4.18 a.m. part of the stage at the Medusa Festival collapsed in Cullera due to a strong gust of wind,” local emergency services said. reported on Twitter.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by NATXO FRANCES/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (13089693d) Attendees leave Medusa Music Festival facilities after a stage partially collapsed early in the morning due to high winds, in the coastal town of Cullera , Valencia, Spain, August 13, 2022. At least one person died and 17 others were injured when part of the main stage collapsed shortly after 04:00 a.m. local time, regional emergency services said.  At least one dead as music festival stage collapses amid high winds in Spain, Cullera - August 13, 2022

Mandatory Credit: Photo by NATXO FRANCES/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (13089693d) Attendees leave Medusa Music Festival facilities after a stage partially collapsed early in the morning due to high winds, in the coastal town of Cullera , Valencia, Spain, August 13, 2022. At least one person died and 17 others were injured when part of the main stage collapsed shortly after 04:00 a.m. local time, regional emergency services said. At least one dead as music festival stage collapses amid high winds in Spain, Cullera – August 13, 2022

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“One person died and three were seriously injured with multiple injuries,” the post said. Health authorities later reported that 40 people were injured, according to CBS.

The Medusa Festival also posted a message, claiming that an “unexpected and violent gust of wind” suddenly occurred early in the morning, leaving management no choice but to “immediately evacuate the concert area for ensure the safety of festival-goers, staff and artists”.

All scheduled artists and events were canceled after the incident. On the official Instagram of the festivalorganizers said safety was their priority and they could not continue with the festival, writing, in Spanish, “We are morally and responsibly obligated to end our 2022 festival.”

The Medusa Festival’s Circus of Madness was entering its fourth day of six days when the winds hit. Photos and videos posted on social media showed gusts of wind sending objects flying into the site and nearby campsite.

According to Daily MailDJ Miguel Serna, was on stage for a scheduled 3 a.m. set when the storm hit.

“It was a tense few minutes, I had never experienced anything like this before. The tragedy happened right at the end of my session on the main stage, just below, which was the most affected (area). It was a few moments of horror, I’m still in shock,” he wrote on his Instagram Stories.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Natxo Frances/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (13089693b) The back of the main stage at the Medusa Music Festival after part of it collapsed early in the morning due to high winds, in the coastal town of Cullera, Valencia, Spain, August 13, 2022. At least one person died and 17 others were injured when part of the main stage collapsed shortly after 04:00 local time, emergency services said regional.  At least one dead as music festival stage collapses amid high winds in Spain, Cullera - August 13, 2022

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Natxo Frances/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (13089693b) The back of the main stage at the Medusa Music Festival after part of it collapsed early in the morning due to high winds, in the coastal town of Cullera, Valencia, Spain, August 13, 2022. At least one person died and 17 others were injured when part of the main stage collapsed shortly after 04:00 local time, emergency services said regional. At least one dead as music festival stage collapses amid high winds in Spain, Cullera – August 13, 2022

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The festival published on its social media, writing, in Spanish, “It’s a very painful day.” They expressed their support for anyone affected, adding: “We express our deep and sincere condolences.”

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The local emergency services account continued to update throughout the night, including setting up an emergency services hotline for anyone at the festival who was affected by the wind. Early Sunday morning, they reported over 500 calls to the hotline.

They also reported they had evacuated the camping area, for the safety of the guests. The annual event, which was suspended in 2020 and 2021, was expected to draw more than 320,000 people.

Medusa Festival did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.