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1,550 Hurt in Crush at Jackson Show

Associated Press

A huge mass of fans pressed to the stage during a Michael Jackson concert Sunday, and more than 1,550 people were reported injured in the crush, authorities said.

Most injuries were minor, but officials said 40 people required hospital treatment.

Mounted police and vanloads of officers in riot gear were called to the Aintree race track, where 125,000 attended the final concert of the singer’s European tour, police said.

First-aid workers said they treated an estimated 3,400 fans during the concert for a variety of injuries.

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John Crook, St. John’s Ambulance Brigade assistant commissioner, said 1,550 of the casualties were treated after being crushed at the front of the crowd near the stage because of the pressure of people behind them. He said several of the casualties were people who fainted in the crush.


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