Music revellers have recounted the harrowing moment they became trapped under a pile of bodies at Falls Festival as people collapsed like ‘dominoes’ in a stampede that resulted in partygoers being rushed to hospital.
Olivia Jones, 19, and Nick Moriarty, 22, were at the front of the crowd leaving DMAs performance at Falls Music and Arts Festival in Lorne, Victoria, when the overcrowded exit became congested and partygoers started pushing.
The Geelong man said he watched two women and a man fall over at the front of the massive crowd and he and some friends attempted to help them up.
‘It was just over and there was too many people in the first place. We were leaving and everyone starting pushing and pushing,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
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19-year-old Olivia Jones was injured in the crowd and passed out after becoming trapped
Teenager Olivia Jones said she was ‘begging for my life’ when she became trapped
Olivia Jones, 19, passed out after becoming trapped at Falls Music and Arts Festival in Lorne, Victoria, when the overcrowded exit became congested
‘Two girls and a guy fell over. And we were trying to shepherd people away from them and hold people back while they tried to get up.
‘But they collapsed again. And we all collapsed and then everyone fell for about 10 metres and there were people underneath me and on top.’
‘They was a lot of screaming. People were still pushing, but it went on for about five minutes as know one knew what was happening.’
Teenager Olivia described people falling like dominoes as she became crushed under the falling bodies.
‘I began gasping for air looking around seeing people unconscious underneath stacks of people,’ she told The Herald Sun.
‘I was begging for my life.’
Ruby Campbell and Sophie Baldock collapsed as they left the tent and Ms Baldock described how she was trapped under people for more than five minutes as she became covered in blood and urine.
‘Ruby was in front of me and she went down and I was trying to pull her up and then I fell down as well. We were stuck under there for at least five minutes,’ Ms Baldock told The Age.
‘Someone wet their pants because they were so scared and I was covered in someone else’s blood and urine.’
Ruby Campbell (pictured) and Sophie Baldock collapsed as they left the tent and Ms Baldock described how she was trapped under people for more than five minutes as she became covered in blood and urine
Ruby Campbell, 19, said she heard people screaming, ‘I am dying’ and bones snapping as she lay under a pile of bodies, according to The Age
Nick Moriarty, 22, was at the front of the crowd leaving DMAs performance at Falls Music and Arts Festival in Lorne, Victoria, when the overcrowded exit became congested and partygoers started pushing
Nick sustained swelling to his knee and ankle after becoming trapped under bodies
Ruby Campbell, 19, said she heard people screaming, ‘I am dying’ and bones snapping as she lay under a pile of bodies, according to The Age.
Hurting his knee and ankle under the sheer weight of the bodies piled on top of him, Nick struggled to get free.
Both Nick and Olivia recounted watching partygoers pass out around them under the frantic weight of the crowd.
Olivia claimed she watched a girl scream for help before she herself passed out in a chilling scene.
‘I was woken by people slapping me on the face to wake me. People were screaming trying to find their friends, it was as if we were in a war zone,’ she told The Herald Sun.
Nick tried to break free but was trapped under bodies but he saw men and women being carried off unconscious.
He said his friend was one of the 19-injured-partygoers rushed off in an ambulance with initial fears of a spinal cord injury, but he has been told medical staff think he may have broken his leg.
The scene at Falls Festival in Lorne after the stampede took place exiting DMAs performance
Falls Festival attendee was hurt in the crowd crush and required bandaging to the both legs
‘He [my friend] was one of the worst off, he was the first one in the ambulance and sent to Geelong Hospital,’ Nick told Daily Mail Australia.
‘They’re not too sure what his initial injury was and thought it was spinal, but it is not, now they don’t know if it is his knee or a broken leg.’
‘A lot of people helped and people that were just at the festival helped and all the security were helping.’
Nick said the response from security, medical and fans was incredible.
‘We went in there and everyone was giving out jumpers, blankets waters and it was a top notch response.’
‘When we got sent to the medical room there were heaps of people in there. People required stitches and there was large gashes. There was a lot of blood.’
Music revellers have recounted the harrowing moment they became trapped under a pile of bodies at Falls Festival as people collapsed like ‘dominoes’
Falls Music and Arts Festival released a statement claiming up to 50 people were attended to after the incident
Both Olivia and Nick were bandaged up and have swollen legs and ankles after their limbs were crushed.
Paul Holman, Ambulance Victoria state health commander, said more than 60 people were treated in a ‘chaotic scene’.
‘Injuries included leg, rib, hip and pelvic fractures, possible spinal injuries, head and facial injuries, cuts and abrasions,’ Mr Holman said in a statement.
‘It was quite a chaotic scene and required a major response.’
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.
People took to social media to express their shock at the chilling incident
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.
No one sustained life-threatening injuries but 19 people were taken to hospital with serious injuries, police said in a statement