High winds produced disaster at Medusa Festival in Cullera, Spain

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High winds caused part of a stage to collapse at Medusa dance music festival held over six days in the east coast town of Cullera near the Spanish city of Valencia in the early hours of Saturday. There was more damage than just the partial collapse of the stage. About 50,000 people were in attendance when the horrific incident took place. Emergency services from the Valencia region rushed to the scene. A man 22 years old was killed and dozens people were injured, some with serious trauma. Large crowds of festival attendees were evacuated. “We are completely devastated and saddened at what happened this morning,” organisers said in a statement on the festival’s Facebook page. The festival was suspended for the time being.

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National weather agency AEMET said there had been “strong gusts of wind and a sudden rise in temperatures” during the night, with gusts of 82 kph (51 mph) recorded at Alicante airport in the Valencia region. Adverse and unexpected weather conditions are expected to continue. “A terrible accident that shocks all of us. I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the young man who died early this morning at the Medusa Festival in Cullera,” Ximo Puig, president of the Valencia regional government, said.