BUENOS AIRES -Fans rushed to the stage at an outdoor rock concert in the
town of Olavarria in Buenos Aires province, sparking a stampede in which at
least two people died.
Some 350,000 fans showed up for the concert, Mayor Ezequiel Galli told a news
conference. He said the event had been organised to handle less than half that
number, and that it would be up to the justice system to decide who is to blame
for the disaster.
“What happened was total chaos,” he said. “It just got away from us.”
“No one imagined that this many people would show up,” he added, saying that by
mid-afternoon some 100,000 vehicles, or one for every city resident, had arrived
for the show.
A dozen people were hospitalised after being injured in the crush. Witnesses
said the lack of control was such that organizers neglected to collect tickets
at the large field where the concert was held, letting anyone through the gates.
The local bus system collapsed after the tragedy, stranding thousands of fans in