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07.24.10 - 21:13 -
Loveparade

People die at the Loveparade

At least 15 people, nine women and six men, died on Saturday afternoon during a mass panic at the Loveparade 2010 in Duisburg. At least 45 people were injured. According to police reports, panic broke out amongst the festival goers in a rather narrow access tunnel which led to the festival area on the former freight terminal. The tunnel was already described as a bottleneck beforehand. According to eyewitness accounts, a few people panicked, some collapsed and in the following stampede of people, who were continuously pushing from the back and from the front, they were crushed to death. 

For security reasons, the organizers decided to let the Loveparade continue, in order to avoid more panic. Thousands of clueless party guests kept on celebrating on the festival grounds until the evening. The access tunnel was cordoned off and the emergency exits were opened for safety reasons. Train service was suspended and the expressway was locked down, to avoid more fans surging towards the Loveparade.

After the deaths during the mass panic at the Loveparade, the police in Duisburg set up a phone number where family members of victims can receive information.The hotline is: 0203/ 94 000



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