A railing collapsed at a concert featuring Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa in New Jersey on Friday, injuring 42 concertgoers, one critically, reports NBC News. Snoop was performing with Wiz Khalifa in Camden at the BB&T Pavilion when the railing collapsed at about 10:30 p.m., EST, causing dozens of people to fall several feet to the concrete below.
Snoop Dogg and Wiz were immediately ushered away from the stage and the rest of the concert was cancelled, but despite Friday’s unfortunate incident, Live Nation still plans to go ahead with tonight’s I Love the 90s concert featuring Salt-N-Pepa, and Vanilla Ice, according to the L.A. Times. Fifth Harmony’s 7/27 Tour show that is scheduled for Sunday night will also go on as planned.
Many injured after barrier/railing collapses during Snoop Dogg’s and Wiz Khalifa’s show in Camden, New Jersey. pic.twitter.com/aTlUDd3ztn
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Camden police spokesman Dan Keashen said that the majority of the injuries were bumps, bruises, and broken bones. The injured were transported to various hospitals in the area, and among the 20 people taken to Cooper University Hospital, one person was listed in critical, but stable condition. By Saturday afternoon, all the patients — with the exception of the critically injured person — had been released, including patients treated at other hospitals in Camden, officials said. The critically injured person’s name is being withheld at this time and is said to be stable with serious upper body injuries.
Several patrons at the concert posted video footage of the incident on social media, which happened as Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa performed towards the back of the venue on a secondary stage. Their set was halfway through when, after urging the crowd to “get up,” the railing fell. In the posted videos, people are seen pushing against the railing that separates the lawn from the secondary stage where Snoop and Wiz were performing just before it gave way.
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City of Camden spokesman Vincent Basara said code enforcement officials inspected the railing Saturday morning and found areas that were broken and damaged. Basara also told NBC News that the venue is up-to-date on its inspections and a temporary railing is in place and will be guarded by security.
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Concert organizer Live Nation quickly issued a statement which included the news that some of its employees were also injured.
“Live Nation is closely following the recovery of the injured fans and employees as well as actively working with authorities and structural engineers to determine the cause of the collapse.”
Concertgoer Katie Colbridge — who was uninjured and one section away from the affected area — said that people in the crowd were moving around trying to get a better view when the “whole fence collapsed.”
“People started piling on each other and people just started running. All you see were tears going down their face. You could see friends holding onto each other, like clenching, like making sure that all their people were there.”
There is no word if the concert Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa were performing when the railing collapsed will be rescheduled for a later time, but concertgoers attending tonight’s I Love the 90’s concert featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, and Coolio, and Sunday night’s Fifth Harmony concert at Live Nation’s BB&T Pavillion will have undoubtedly have Friday night’s railing collapse on their minds.
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