13 to Hospitals, 350 Get First Aid at New Kids on the Block Concert
BRIGHTON, England (AP) _ Thirteen people were hospitalized in this seaside resort after getting caught in the crush of thousands of young fans trying to get into a sold-out concert by the U.S. pop group New Kids on the Block.
More than 8,500 people had arrived for Sunday night’s concert, which was held in a 5,100-seat hall.
East Sussex ambulance service in Brighton, 50 miles south of London, said it treated more than 350 people, mostly teen-age girls, for hysteria and hyperventilation.
Thirteen were taken to a hospital with breathing difficulties, abdominal pains, back injuries or heat exhaustion, officials said.
Fans began collapsing as they stood in line hours before the start of the concert. Ambulance crews and Red Cross volunteers set up temporary first aid stations the hall.
A similar scene occurred Saturday night at a concert by the group in coastal Whitley Bay, 280 miles north of London, with first aid being administered to more than 400 fans.