According to medical experts, the pressure of the large crowd in the incident was so great that it quickly squeezed all the air out of the lungs of the 10 victims, causing them to come out in a minute and die. Severe organs, such as the heart and brain, lacked oxygen.
Critical care anesthesiologist at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, Dr. George W. Williams said the hundreds and possibly thousands of pounds of pressure that victims felt on their chests was “like being crushed by a car.”
“The seconds really count for the person recovering and rescuing from that horrific event … organs like the brain and heart start to get injured and after three to four minutes the injury becomes so severe where you can. You will bring that person back. No, “said Williams, who also works at Harris Health LBJ, one of the Health Science Center’s teaching hospitals.
Medical examiners at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science in Houston had to wait several weeks after the November 5 concert by the rap superstar. Travis Scott For additional test results before making a final decision on the cause and manner of death.
The 10 people who died were among the 50,000 people who attended the festival and were in the audience when Scott’s concert turned out to be fatal.
The youngest victim was 9-year-old Ezra Blunt. Others who died ranged in age from 14 to 27. Medical examiners said the factors contributing to a person’s death were cocaine, methamphetamine and ethanol, a form of alcohol.
About 300 people were injured and treated at the festival site and 25 people were taken to hospital.
Williams said what happened at the Astroworld Festival doesn’t usually happen at a party or other event because the force on them will require a very large crowd to create conditions where people can squeeze air out of their lungs. Chest, lose consciousness and die.
“It’s very scary,” Williams said.
More than 300 lawsuits have been filed in the concert over injuries and deaths.
Alex Hilliard, a lawyer representing Ezra Blunt’s family, said the news of how the victims died was “devastating” for their families.
“Knowing this information, there will not be a single family member who is not completely broken into pieces,” Hilliard said.
Lawyer James Lester, representing the family of Bharti Shahani who died several days after the concert, said the medical examiner’s findings confirmed his family’s worst fears.
“The last living moments of their beloved daughter are certainly marked by grief, panic and terror. It is a terrifying, inevitable image that no parent should tolerate,” Leicester said.
Scott and event organizers are the center of a criminal investigation by Houston Police. No one has been charged. No timetable has been set for when the investigation will be completed.
Scott’s attorney reached out to the families of the 10 deceased, offering to pay for the funeral expenses of their loved ones. Some families turned down the offer.
The county’s top elected officials, including Houston, Harris County Judge Leena Hidalgo, proposed a third-party investigation into the planning and implementation of the festival established by Scott.
The Harris County administrator will instead work with other city and county organizations to review safety, fire and other safety plans at the county-owned NRG Park, where the celebration took place.
Other members of Harris County’s governing body, known as the Commissioner’s Court, were concerned that Hidalgo’s investigation could lead to legal obligations for the county.
Crowd security experts say investigations by outsiders can help avoid potential conflicts of interest and promote transparency.
The 56-page event operation plan for the AstroWorld Festival has detailed protocols for dangerous scenarios, including shooters, bombs or terrorist threats, and severe weather. But it did not include information on what to do in case of overcrowding.
A proposal is pending before the Texas Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which is overseen by the Texas Supreme Court, to consolidate all litigation and have them overseen by a single judge. A board of judges in Harris County earlier this month granted a separate request to have all pre-trial matters handled by a single judge in various litigation. But the state’s judicial panel issued a stay on the lawsuit, overturning an order by the local board of judges.