At least nine people have died, including two 12-year-old children, in a stampede at a major rock concert in the western Guatemalan city of Quetzaltenango, authorities and emergency services said Thursday.
According to Maria del Carmen Sajquim, spokesman for Guatemala’s Western Regional Hospital, six people were injured at the open-air festival in the early hours of Thursday.
The injured have been taken to hospital and are believed to have suffered fractures, local firefighters said on Twitter.
Witnesses at the scene said the location had only two exits and chaos ensued as everyone rushed the exits.
Local media described the festival where more than 10 bands played as an annual event to mark the Independence Day in the Central American country.
The stampede is just one of several fatalities at public events that Latin America has witnessed in recent years.
Four people were killed and about 70 were injured in June when part of a grandstand collapsed at an arena in the city of El Espinal, Colombia.
In one of the region’s most tragic events, 194 people died in a fire at a Buenos Aires nightclub in 2004 after a concertgoer fired a flare into the crowded hall shortly after Callejeros’ rock band took the stage.