Image: Instagram Photo Taken Immediately After The Stampede
City officials in Miami are calling for this to be the last year that Ultra Music Festival takes place in Miami after a security guard working the festival was trampled on Saturday. The three day long festival with roots in EDM culture started on Friday.
The guard, Erica Mack, who is an employee of Contemporary Services Corporation, was taken to the hospital after a crowd knocked over a fence in an attempt to gain free access to the festival. She suffers from serious head injuries and a broken leg.
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Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll said "She was not strong enough to deal with a mob of people that actually pushed this fence down, pushing her backwards and the fence landing on top of her. Now these people started trampling on top of her just to get into the event, as a result she sustained major head trauma as well as a broken leg,”
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said "What happened this weekend is an event that could have been avoided. The organizers of Ultra did not follow the police directive to re-enforce the fence, even though they knew that this year, and the year before, some kids have tried to over run the fences.
CBS 4 Miami reports that Ultra Music Festival organizers were ordered to reinforce the fence in the area where the guard was injured, but failed to do so.
Regaldo goes on to say "This is not an accident. This is something that could have been avoided. So in the next weeks we are going to have a discussion on the city commission level to deny the permits for next year for the event here in the city of Miami".
Ultra Music Festival issued the following statement:
The event organizers of Ultra Music Festival share the sentiments of our security partner, CSC, with regard to the condition of Erica Mack, the security guard currently receiving treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The Ultra Family hopes for a swift and full recovery.
The event organizers prohibit any form of unlawful entry in to the event grounds. Preliminary investigations show that the incident was caused by individuals not in possession of event tickets and who were determined to gain unauthorized entry.
Every year the event organizers work collaboratively with police and other municipal partners along with the organizers’ independent security partners to ensure the safety of all patrons, crew and working personnel. Because a thorough investigation is underway, event organizers regret that additional comment cannot be provided at this time. The event coordinators are cooperating fully with investigative authorities.
Over the first two days of the festival, fifty five people were arrested for charges stemming from jumping the fence to drug use. Today is the final day of the festival.