Wednesday, March 22

The organizers and those responsible for the assembly of the Medusa Festival in which a young man died in August have been charged

The head of the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 4 of Sueca (Valencia) has agreed to summon the legal representative of the company organizing the Medusa de Cullera festival to testify as an investigated party, where last August in an incident at dawn he died a 22-year-old and 40 other people had to be treated.

In addition, the instructor has also cited in the same capacity the heads of the two companies involved in the provision and assembly of the festival structures, the architect responsible for the technical project and a person in charge of the external company hired by the Cullera City Council to supervision of that infrastructure, as confirmed by judicial sources.

The Court is investigating the incident registered at dawn on August 13 at the Medusa de Cullera, which caused the death of a 22-year-old young man and the hospitalization of five more, although the total number of people treated exceeded 40. The festival management, that evicted the 50,000 people that were in the compound, suspended it hours later.

Last week the judge summoned the expert who made the report on the incident. After receiving the expert report and transferring it to the parties, the instructor agreed to summon him to ratify the content.

According to the technical report on the Medusa enclosure, according to published information, there were assembly failures in the anchoring of certain auxiliary structures; the activity project documentation was insufficient since it did not describe all those structures considered auxiliary and hence they were installed without the supervision of the responsible technicians and there were facilities that were not in the initial project.

The event occurred at the moment that an air collapse —warm blowout— hit the ground where the Medusa was held and produced winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour, in addition to a rise in temperatures of up to 10ºC and a drop from humidity. This caused the detachment of some stage structures and entrances to the venue, which caused the death of the young man and the injuries to the rest.

As a consequence of the event, a 22-year-old young man died and 40 people were assisted, eight of them by the CICU on the spot and 32 taken to hospitals either by ambulance or private transport. Five of them were hospitalized due to fractures. The most serious was a 19-year-old girl who presented a spinal fracture.