Injuries at festival attributed to crowd pushing forward

PHOENIX (AP) – Nine people who were injured over the weekend at a Tempe music festival were part of a growing crowd that gradually pushed concert-goers forward and trapped some of them against a fence in front of the stage.

Authorities say Monday that the injuries from the Summer Ends Music Festival weren’t caused by a stampede toward the stage. Instead, they were caused by an accumulation of concertgoers in triple-digit heat who tried to move closer to see a reggae band Saturday evening.

People who were trapped between the fence and the stage panicked and yelled out that they were having trouble breathing.

Of the nine people injured in the stage pileup, one suffered a life-threatening head injury.

The conditions of the remaining eight are unknown.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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