Death Toll at Pukkelpop Reduced to Four
Tue, 23 Aug 2011 12:36:39
Reuters reports that the death toll at Pukkelpop, the Belgian pop festival struck by a fierce storm that knocked down stages late week, has been reduced four from five. That's good news, for lack of a better phrasing for the tragedy.
Eight festival attendees were seriously injured after the storm ripped through the event attended by 60,000 to 65,000 people, mostly young in age.
The death toll was initially miscalculated to be five since a man who died in a local hospital was included in the figure even though he had not attended the festival. It was chaotic after the accident, hence the miscount. It was an understandable human error there.
The remainder of Pukkelpop was canceled after the stage toppling incident.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims.
Does the recent spate of accidents at concerts, including the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair earlier this month due to extreme weather, make you hesitant about attending concerts in opens spaces?