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Medusa festival: Strong winds cause deadly stage collapse in Spain

One person has died and at least 17 others injured when high winds caused parts of a stage to collapse at a festival in Spain.

Footage showed some festivalgoers running in panic, while others are seen continuing to party.

The popular electronic music festival, which was due to continue until Sunday, has now been suspended.

Three of the injured suffered serious trauma, regional emergency services said.

Eyewitnesses spoke of a sudden sand storm hitting the festival venue in the early hours of Saturday.

Spain’s meteorological agency reported gusts of winds exceeding 80km/h (50mph) in the country’s eastern coastal region at the time.

“We are in a state of shock,” one of the attendees told Spanish media. “It could have been me, it could have been anyone.”

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