A Wiz Khalifa/Snoop Dogg concert on August 5th took a surprising turn when a railing collapsed in the stands. The security barrier gave way, causing 50 people in the Camden, New Jersey audience to fall 10 feet onto the pathway below. NBC News reported that 42 people were injured during the incident, with 15 transported to nearby hospitals for minor injuries and one person rushed to a trauma center with critical injuries.
Now, 17 people who were injured that night - one of whom went home with a fractured spine - are taking legal action against Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg and the venue where the concert was held, BB&T Pavilion. Rolling Stone reports that lawyers representing 14 concertgoers and three workers are claiming that proper precautions to ensure the safety of the fans were not taken prior to the show.
The lawsuit was filed yesterday in Philadelphia; one of the attorneys representing the group, Robert J. Mongeluzzi, has stated that the aim of his clients is to prevent future incidents and it's his opinion that monetary compensation is deserved.
"The safety of patrons at concerts must always be paramount," Mongeluzzi told Rolling Stone. "The failure of this railing at the concert venue was caused by a failure in planning and execution. A second stage was located beneath a lawn area with no seat or aisles, leading to crowd surge when Snoop Dogg screamed, 'Everybody in the m***********g lawn, bring your ass down here.'"
Snoop and Wiz have yet to comment on the pending legal action against them, and Live Nation - which operates the BB&T Pavilion - is currently working with authorities and structural engineers to determine the cause of the collapse.
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