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Astroworld revellers danced on emergency vehicles as medics helped people

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Shocking footage appears to show revellers dancing on ambulances at the Astroworld Festival as medics tended to injured concertgoers where at least eight people died and scores were more hurt in a crowd surge.

Panic broke out after the crowd began to press towards the front of the stage on the opening night of rapper Travis Scott 's set at the festival in Houston, Texas.

Police said 11 people were taken to hospitals in cardiac arrest and eight had died. Some casualties are aged as young as 10.

Videos from Travis Scott's performance at the concert on Friday night showed ambulance carts making their way through the crowd while music continued.

Other haunting clips showed paramedics trying to perform CPR on people in the crowd.

Now, harrowing footage has emerged which appears to show revellers dancing on the top of what look to be security buggies while they were attempting to go and help people.

Clips shared on Twitter show people dancing on top of the buggies, while their emergency lights are on.

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The clips have sparked outrage on social media, with one person fuming: "It's like people don't care for their well-being or anyone else's!"

Another wrote: "They think they cool by doing that. Sickening behaviour."

A third said: "Literally jumping on emergency vehicles and stopping them from helping someone… it's disgusting."

Around 300 people were treated for injuries such as cuts and bruises at the scene at NRG Park, where a field hospital had been set up.

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The show was called off shortly after several people began suffering injuries, and the second and final day of the festival has been cancelled.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of people stormed the event's perimeter, knocking down metal detectors and a security screening area, according to ABC13.

However, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said the two incidents were not related and he urged people not to jump to conclusions as to what caused the surge.

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He told reporters: "I think it's very important that none of us speculate. Nobody has all the answers tonight.

"We're going to do an investigation and find out because it's not fair to the producers, to anybody else involved, until we determine what happened, what caused the surge.

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said at a press conference: "The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries.

"People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic."

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Astroworld Festival was named after Travis Scott's hit 2018 album which reached number one in America's Billboard chart thanks to tracks like Skeletons and Sicko Mode featuring Drake.

The album tour rocked London's O2 Arena in 2019, transforming almost the entire standing area into a continuous mosh pit.

The rapper has a three-year-old child with Kardashians star, Kylie Jenner, and the couple are now expecting another to make little Stormi Webster a big sister.

Scott starred on the softball field alongside Kylie's sister Kendall Jenner at his Cactus Jack Foundation exhibition in Houston, Texas on Thursday.

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