Rock Fans Injured as Stand at Pink Floyd Concert Collapses
LONDON (AP) _ A stand packed with Pink Floyd fans collapsed as the rock band took the stage Wednesday and police said 43 people were hurt.
Eight of them were taken to local hospitals suffering from cuts and broken bones. The other 35 were treated for minor injuries by medical crews at the scene.
Organizers canceled the concert - to have launched Pink Floyd’s first world tour in seven years - and told the audience at Earls Court Exhibition Center in west London to leave. Jane Sen, a spokeswoman for Pink Floyd, said 14,000 were at the event.
Police sergeant Michael Tate said the stand that collapsed held about 1,200. Most of those on the 20-foot-high stand supporting several rows of red plastic seats walked away with only bumps, scrapes or shock.
At least one woman was trapped underneath scaffolding. Firefighters freed her.
Organizers of Wednesday’s opening-night concert said in a statement that the stand had passed a safety inspection earlier Wednesday and that an investigation was under way.