by Erin Jones | CBS 11 News
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Another person who attended the Astroworld festival in Houston has died. The victim is 22-year-old Bharti Shahani, raising the total number of dead to nine. Hundreds of others were injured.READ MORE: Winds Continue To Add Bite To Air In North Texas, But Warming Trend Continues Into The Weekend
Dave Meek is in town from Houston to see one of his favorite bands. He calls what happened last Friday incredibly concerning.
He attends festivals and concerts regularly and said there’s one key thing stood out to him about the last weekend’s festival.
“They really didn’t have a safety plan in place,” he said. “When so many people stormed the gate before the show even opened, they should’ve called it off right then.”
“Investigations will uncover those areas of deficiency and it’s going to allow everyone to make sense of what happened,” International Association of Venue Managers Director of Safety Mark Herrera said.READ MORE: Leaders Logon For Virtual Interfaith Meeting Supporting Congregation Beth Israel In Colleyville
In part, Herrera hosts trainings for arenas, convention centers, stadiums, fairgrounds and more. He teaches how to best mitigate any hazards that could potentially occur during a live event, like a crowd surge.
“I always believe in identifying the behavior,”he said. “Before the crowd surge began, the crowd behavior had to start somewhere and if you have folks that are trained to identify crowd behavior that is not conducive to the environment, they’re able to interject and defuse a bad situation before it ever rolls into a potential hazardous or massive crowd event.”
“We want to make sure that venues as well as other entities that put on these events across Texas, be it Austin or Dallas or San Antonio. Whatever the case may be, we have protocols in place so other people will not be losing their lives,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Wednesday when he launched a task force that includes music industry leaders, safety experts, fire crews, law enforcement, state agencies and others.
During a series of round table discussions, they’ll analyze concert safety and develop ways to enhance security at live music events.MORE NEWS: DOJ Wants Oath Keepers Founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes To Remain In Jail Pending Trial
“They’re really trying to make sense of what happened – what happened, what went wrong, what could we have done better, how are we going to prevent this moving forward and that’s key,” Herrera said.