28-year old security guard Erica Mack is in “extremely critical” condition at Miami’s Jackson Memorial hospital after being trampled by unruly gate crashers at Ultra Music Festival last night. A mob broke down a fence and forcibly entered festival grounds causing Mack to be crushed underneath the collapsed fencing.
According to the Miami Herald, the contracted security guard is suffering from severe brain hemorrhaging and a broken leg, in “critical, yet stable” condition.
First responders found Mack on the ground, screaming in pain, with blood flowing from her ears. Her condition worsened en route to the hospital, before stabilizing once she was treated.
The disturbing incident could have been prevented; just hours before Mack was trampled, police inspectors called for reinforcements to the portion of fence she was patrolling. Nothing was done. This particular vicinity was fortified with only chain link fence, when most other areas were reinforced with sturdier, unclimbable fencing.
City leaders are already calling for the end of Miami’s Ultra Music Festival. “I think we should not have Ultra next year here” Miami mayor Tomas Regalado told the Miami Herald today. “This incident should never have happened.” He also noted the festival organizers “acted irresponsibly” by failing to provide sufficient security.