Multiple Injuries Reported On Eve of Ultra Music Festival in Miami
Two workers were badly hurt ahead of this weekend’s Ultra Music Festival when a section of an LED screen apparently fell at the Miami site.
According to the Associated Press, one worker was in critical condition, another serious. An Ultra Music Festival spokesperson says they're being observed by medics. The AP also reports a third worker suffered minor injuries and was transported to another hospital, while a fourth was treated on the scene "after being shaken up by what he saw."
It's unclear whether the accident will have any bearing on the show itself. The festival starts Friday (March 15) and is expected to pull some 165,000 people over this weekend. A similar number should arrive when the fest resumes in Miami next weekend.
Authorities are currently assessing the situation, which occurred on the eve of the fest.
In a statement issued Thursday, festival organizers say they’re “working with, and supporting, authorities as they investigate the details behind the accident.”
No ticket holders were on the festival grounds when the accident happened.
The statement also adds, “Fire Rescue was on site so there was a rapid response.”
With less than three hours until the electronic music fest kicks off, the official Website shows more than 98% of tickets have sold out. The event boasts such headliners as Deadmau5, Carl Cox, Avicii, David Guetta and Fatboy Slim.
Ultra is this year celebrating the 15th anniversary of its EDM fest. The Ultra Music Festival is held in Miami, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ibiza and Korea and is expanding into Europe with Ultra Europe this July in Croatia.
Look to Billboard.com as this story unfolds.