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Here is why crowd surges can kill people

Music Festival Crowd Deaths Explainer
Posted at 5:56 PM, Nov 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-06 17:56:32-04

NEW YORK (AP) — The crowd deaths at a Houston music festival have added to the long list of people who have been crushed at a major event.

Such tragedies have been occurring around the world for a long time at concerts, sports events and religious gatherings. Experts who have studied such deaths say they’re often a result of density, with too many people packed into too small a space.

Often, the crowd is running away from a perceived threat or toward something they want before hitting a barrier. That leads to chests getting crushed and victims being unable to breathe.