A 28-year old security guard who was working at this weekend's ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF) has suffered brain hemorrhaging and is in "critical condition,"after being trampled by a large group of people who forcibly entered festival grounds last night by breaking down an external fence in place to keep ticketless clubbers out.
Erica Mack, a 28 year old from Miami, is undergoing surgery at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital after being trampled by gate crashers at the electronic dance music festival last night. Reports from the Miami Herald say that she is guard is suffering from severe brain hemorrhaging and a broken leg, and in a "critical, yet stable" condition.
Erica was based beside a walk way near Southeast First Street and Biscayne Boulevard last night, when a large mob--none of whom had tickets--forced their way into the UMF site by pushing down a chain link fence which landed on top of her. She was then trampled by them and severely injured
Miami Fire-Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll told the Miami New Times. "When they pushed it down and it fell on top of her. They just trampled her. It was terrible"
Just hours before the incident, police inspectors called for reinforcements to the precise area Erica was patrolling, saying that it caused concern due to it being an easy target for non ticket holders jumping over it as it was only being held together with only chain link fence. Most other areas around the site are reinforced with sturdier, unclimbable fencing, however, nothing was done to fix the problem and the result has lead to this tragedy
So far, no arrests have been made in the trampling although Miami Police are checking security cameras for any information that may help the case.
This incident has further lead to the campaign by Miami City leaders calling for the end of Miami's Ultra Music Festival. Miami Mayor told local news networks today, "I think we should not have Ultra next year here." Speaking about the incident with Erica Mack, he said, "This incident should never have happened," and added that "festival organizers acted irresponsibly" by failing to provide sufficient security.
Ultra Music Festival continues into it's third and final day today
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