Music revellers have described the horrific scenes at Falls Music and Arts Festival at Lorne in Victoria where at least 19 people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crowd crush incident.
Social media is alight with chilling recounts of the ‘stampede’ with partygoers describing broken bones, large cuts and even people performing CPR on the injured after a large crowd was leaving the DMAs set.
A Reddit thread of partygoers at Falls Festival in Lorne have described the horrible crowd crush with one user claiming she could hear chilling screams from the crowd.
‘The screams you can hear in that are absolutely chilling,’ she wrote.
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At least 19 people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crowd crush incident at the Falls Music and Arts Festival at Lorne in Victoria
Falls Music and Arts Festival released a statement claiming up to 50 people were attended to after the incident
People took to social media to express their shock at the chilling incident
‘You know immediately what is happening to those people from the timbre alone, it’s f****d :/’.
One woman spoke to her sister and said she described people with broken bones, people passing out and limbs covered in blood.
‘No bodily function was possible, if you were lucky (sic) could only just breathe,’ she wrote.
A statement from the Falls Festival Facebook page said up to 50 people were attended to after a large number of people were injured after those at the front of a crowd leaving the DMA’s set on route to London Grammar lost their footing at about 9.50pm on Friday.
Police said up to 19 people were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
No one sustained life-threatening injuries but 19 people were taken to hospital with serious injuries, police said in a statement.
Medical treatment was provided on site to others with injuries.
Another man claims his friend was seriously injured at the crowd crush
One user who claims he was there described how it started
Another male said his friend was going to be airlifted out after his legs were injured.
‘A guy I play footy with is waiting to be air lifted out. Has limited feeling in his legs,’ he wrote.
Festival organisers have set-up an account for anyone with inquiries about the incident or the welfare of specific festival goers ([email protected]).
Organisers also posted an official note on Facebook confirming the crowd crush incident just after Australian band the DMA’s had finished playing in the Grand Theatre tent.
Horrible recounts of the crowd crush that occurred at Falls Music and Arts Festival
Event organisers will make a final decision on whether the four-day event will go ahead at midday on Saturday
Eyewitness accounts reported the crush as a ‘stampede’ with bones broken, shoes turn off and mobile phones crushed.
Adam Dean, of Ringwood, was in the crowd and told Fairfax Media one of his friends was injured.
‘After DMA’s there was a huge rush of people coming out and he got trampled, everyone was pushing people out – it was bad.’
Mr Dean said his friend was ‘alright, legs got scratched up massively, reckons he basically got dragged like 10 metres over gravel from everyone trampling him. But he’s all good.’
Festival-goer Lucy Spry posted on the Falls Facebook site that it began when someone slipped on gravel going through a small exit with no crowd control in sight.
Massive crowds attend the popular Falls Festival across Australia
The crowd enjoying an act at Lorne in Victoria at Falls Music and Arts Festival
Fans flock to Falls Festival during New Year’s Eve to see various artists