Thursday evening, Miami fire and police responded to the collapse of a stage during a sound check for tomorrow’s start of the Ultra Music Festival, that draws over 50,000 attendees. At this point, some report that a large screen has fallen, as opposed to the stage. Miami Herald confirms that crew and event staff were working at the venue, doing sound-check and prepping for the show, when the accident occurred. Sources say there are several injuries. Gossip Extra reports that as many as 20 people have been injured, while one is not expected to survive. The Miami Herald reports:
According to rescue workers, the victims have been transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. It’s unclear if those injured were workers. Up two people were said to be in critical condition, according to reports on the scene. The accident apparently occurred as stages were being erected.
“Festival organizers are working with and supporting authorities as they investigate the details behind the accident,” the festival said in a late-night news release Thursday. Tickets for the weekend start at $299.
Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Ignatius Carroll said the fire marshal and investigators would return to the scene in the daylight to begin working to determine what caused the accident. OSHA will also be on the scene.
The accident apparently occurred as giant screen, or jumbotron, was being hoisted up in the air to be part of the stage. Instead it crashed down on the workers.