Breaking: Ultra Music Festival security guard enters hospital in critical condition after unruly attendees stampede
As successful as Ultra Music Festival‘s wild production and impressive array of talent may be, concerning news has surfaced from the first evening of the festival. Female security guard Erica Mack has entered Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition after facing a storming group of fans without proper admission or tickets to the festival who decided to sneak past security and fences to enter the show. Several unruly crashers approached Mack’s post near the InterContinental Hotel from 9:30 to 10 PM and despite her attempt to peacefully stop the group, forced the fence down, which then fell on top of the 28-year old guard.
Lt. Ignatius Carroll reported, “A mob of people came and started rushing the gate and started pushing it. She was doing what she was supposed to do, telling them to stop, when they pushed it down and it fell on top of her… They just trampled her.” Mack sustained severe brain hemorrhaging and a broken leg and remains in the hospital.
In light of the tragic turn of events, several prominent figures of the city of Miami have spoken out against Ultra. Reports explain that the horrifying incident could have been prevented: the Miami police force had patrolled the area Erica Mack had been assigned to earlier that evening and instructed the festival to bring in additional fencing, which was never fulfilled. Following the incident, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado stated, “I think we should not have Ultra next year here. This incident should never have happened.”
Ultra will continue for the entirety of the weekend. Stay tuned for more updates.