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Horrifying moment two packed stages collapse during carnival in Argentina

Horrifying moment two packed stages collapse sending hundreds of revellers crashing to the ground and leaving dozens injured during carnival parade in Argentina

  • More than 30 were injured, some seriously, when viewing platforms gave way
  • Hundreds of people were jumping up and down on stages before they collapsed
  • The drama unfolded in the town of Vila Santa Rosa near Cordoba in Argentina

This is the horrifying moment two stages with more than 250 revellers on them collapsed during a carnival procession in Argentina.

More than 30 people were injured, some seriously, when the viewing platforms gave way in the town of Vila Santa Rosa near Cordoba.

Footage of the drama, in the early hours of yesterday morning, showed youngsters jumping up and down to music before the stages collapsed and they plummeted to the ground.

Footage captures the horrifying moment two stages with more than 250 revellers on them collapsed during a carnival procession in Argentina

More than 30 people were injured, some seriously, when the viewing platforms gave way in the town of Vila Santa Rosa near Cordoba

More than 30 people were injured, some seriously, when the viewing platforms gave way in the town of Vila Santa Rosa near Cordoba

Footage of the drama, in the early hours of yesterday morning, showed youngsters jumping up and down to music before the stages collapsed and they plummeted to the ground

Footage of the drama, in the early hours of yesterday morning, showed youngsters jumping up and down to music before the stages collapsed and they plummeted to the ground

An eerie silence descended on the arena as crowds realised what had happened.

A couple of youngsters could be seen clinging to metal supports fixed to the wall after watching friends disappear below them in a cloud of dust.

Some of the casualties suffered open fractures and others back injuries. Incredibly, there were have been no reports of any deaths.

Local mayor Victor Kieffer said: ‘When the carnival troupe was passing, the youngsters began to jump up and down and the base of the stages gave way and they plummeted to the ground.

‘The exuberance of the crowd and the number of people jumping up and down led to this occurring.’

He added in an interview with a local radio station: ‘We’re totally devastated because some people have suffered open fractures to lower limbs.

‘We’re absolutely mortified obviously that this accident happened at a party where everyone was having such a great time.

A couple of youngsters could be seen clinging to metal supports fixed to the wall after watching friends disappear below them in a cloud of dust

A couple of youngsters could be seen clinging to metal supports fixed to the wall after watching friends disappear below them in a cloud of dust

‘It was an incident that could have been even more serious. Fortunately, there has been no loss of life.’

Nearly all the casualties were in their mid or late teens.

Doctor Franco Nieto, who works at Ramon B Mestre Hospital where most of the injured were taken, described it as a ‘miracle’ no-one had died.

He said: ‘We treated 34 people. Five of the patients were transferred to Cordoba. 

‘One was an 18-year-old who had an open fracture to his left leg and another a 17-year-old girl who suffered spinal injuries.

‘It was a miracle this incident didn’t lead to a loss of life. When you see the footage of the stages collapsing, you immediately assume people have died.’

Vila Santa Rosa is a town of around 9,000 inhabitants some 55 miles north-east of Cordoba, an eight-hour drive north-west of Buenos Aires. 

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