Panic as Promenade Collapses at Spanish Music Festival

Ambulance crews stretcher casualties from the Vigo pier

HUNDREDS of concertgoers have been left injured after a pier collapsed into the sea during a Spanish pop festival. Rescue workers say there was chaos when boards buckled and concert-goers began sliding into the sea.

Witnesses reported scenes of panic as people tried to scramble to safety.

Authorities have confirmed that 313 people were injured in the collapse.

"I was with a group of friends when the people beside us fell, as though something had dragged them down".

Officials in Vigo, which sits in an estuary along the Atlantic Ocean, did not yet know what caused the boardwalk to collapse.

The president of Vigo's Port Authority said he thought the structure, built in the 1990s, collapsed due to "excess weight, to overcapacity".

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"Suddenly we heard a super strong crack, and I felt the ground disappear under my feet, and everyone fell into the hole in the middle", Poutas said. A boy gave me his hand and I got out.

The popular annual festival features music and urban sports like skateboarding.

As a result of collapse of the platform have suffered more than 370 people.

"I had people underneath, screaming that I could not get out, I was overwhelmed, I thought I was not going out, I was trying and falling down again".

Vigo's mayor, Abel Caballero, said most of the injures were light and most people had been treated by emergency responders and released.

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