While thousands of people enjoyed the climax of Miami Music Week, a tragic turn of events hit the Ultra Music Festival on Friday, March 28 as a security guard was nearly killed by a group of people attempting to gain access to the festival.
According to The Miami Herald, 28-year-old Erica Mack was stationed at the festival perimeter when a mob of ticketless fans pushed down a chainlink fence, crushing her in the process. The group then “trampled” over her as she suffered severe head and leg injuries. An update from The Miami Herald says that Mack has since stabilized but has a long journey to recovery ahead of her.
CBS Miami captured the below footage of the woman being brought to the hospital.
The Miami Herald reports that just hours before the Friday night incident, Miami police inspected the perimeter and called for additional fencing at the spot where the guard was later injured. But no additional fencing was added.
Miami Police’s Homicide Unit is currently searching for those responsible, while more chilling facts about the situation continue to emerge. As a result of the incident, various city leaders have spoken out, with Mayor Tomas Regalado stating “I think we should not have Ultra next year,” with the finger of blame pointed firmly at the organizers who were accused of acting “irresponsibly.”
Whatever the future of the festival, the real concern at the moment is for the young security guard at the center of this, as everyone in the EDM scene wishes Erica Mack a full recovery.