Thirty people hurt at HFStival

By | May 26, 2002 at 12:00 AM

More than two dozen people were injured – most of them slightly – in a mosh pit stampede while rapper Eminem was performing Saturday night at RFK Stadium, officials said.

One man suffered a heart attack during the melee and was taken to a local hospital, District of Columbia fire spokesman Alan Etter said. His condition was unavailable.

Four others were taken to area hospitals with injuries not considered to be life-threatening, he said. The rest were treated at the scene for less serious injuries.

“There were fights and a lot of pushing and shoving,” said Brent Turner, 17, of Damascus, Md., who said he witnessed the disturbance.

“I was literally crushing someone,” said one young man. Another said, “Everybody was on the floor” with other people being pushed forward and stepping on them.

The two-day concert sponsored by a Maryland radio station included a number of acts on several stages. Eminem resumed his performance after a brief delay, while police calmed the crowd, and the concert was to continue Sunday as planned.

The stadium, which seats 56,454 people, first opened in October 1961, and is located in southeast Washington.

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