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Ultra Stampede Witness: "I Was Horrified. I Honestly Thought [the Security Guard] Was Dead."

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Photo courtesy of Ivette Lozano
Security guard Erica Mack is in critical condition after being trampled by a mob of Ultra gate-crashers.
An eyewitness to the trampling of an Ultra security guard says the moment of mob violence was "one of the worst things I've ever seen."

Ivette Lozano was outside the music festival Friday night when she saw a group of young men suddenly force their way over a flimsy chain-link fence. Trampled under the teenagers' feet was 28-year-old security guard Erica Mack, who is now fighting for her life in the hospital.

"I was horrified," Lozano says of the moment when she saw Mack's crumpled body. "I honestly thought she was dead. She was so limp, her body was so twisted in different areas, I thought she was dead."

UPDATE: Ultra has issued a statement on the incident. See below for details.

See also: Ultra Music Festival: Female Security Guard Fights For Her Life After "Mob" Trampled Her

Lozano, a legal assistant, was herself looking forward to Ultra. She had attended the EDM festival in past years. This time, she bought a Saturday-only ticket for $175.

Around 8:30 p.m. Friday, she and a friend decided to check out the Ultra crowd on their way to another event. They walked north along Biscayne Boulevard past a long line of people waiting to get in. Then they doubled back toward their car.

On the way back, however, Lozano saw a group of young men combing the fence for weak spots. "You could tell they were casing for the perfect spot to rush the gate," she says.

Suddenly, a kid in shorts and a tank top sprinted out from the group and toward the fence.

"Stop! Stop!" screamed Mack, the unarmed security guard.

But the kid didn't listen. As he began to climb the metal rungs, the flimsy fence bent underneath him. Then his buddies began pushing forward as well, toppling the fence on top of Mack and crushing her beneath their feet as they poured inside Ultra.

"They all knew what they were going to do," Lozano says. "I'm sure they didn't mean to hurt her, but they were very much aware she was standing there. The first couple of people must have seen her because they were stepping all over her."

"People from all around starting running over, running over her, trampling her," Lozano says. "I was frozen in place."

"The cops literally looked at it and just shrugged and called it in on the radio," she says. "They knew that it was too much for them, and they didn't know the security guard was getting trampled."

When the stampede finally stopped, all Lozano could see was a sickly, twisted leg sticking out from underneath the fencing.

"It was so dark you still couldn't see her," she says. "I saw someone on the floor with her leg backwards. I pointed it out to cops, and they rushed over. She was just [passed] out. A security guard twisted her leg back into place."


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42 comments
davidsecurity
davidsecurity

Yes this the worst thing that I have seen it though. but you know all such things are very much common to security guards. This is because of little carelessness of security guards. I am also providing security services (http://www.vpgsecurity.com/services,36.html)  such cases are challenge for security guards, and such things must taken care of while handling all this rush.

pvd1
pvd1

I was also witness of the event. Indeed its the most horrible and scary thing Ive seen. I escaped just in time because I was walking between the fence and the people that ran towards it. 

I think this could have been avoided because there was no police nearby. I don't think the Ultra should be cancelled because it brings a lot of money to Miami but I do think they should take better security measures. 

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Stop, the nonsense people!, ULTRA is not going anywhere, we WILL continue the event and collecting its money. Security guard is not even dead. Give us a break.

Caio Graco Portes
Caio Graco Portes

Agreed that stampede is very primeval for humans, but the mayor saying he wants to kill an event that brings not only lots of money to the city, but also entertainment to our youth is even worse, specially when the city should have inspected the venue and spotted this weakness on the structure. If anybody is to be blamed for this horrible event is the mayor himself.

makes_sense
makes_sense

It should be moved to Marlins Stadium or Sunlife

Adriane Guerreiro
Adriane Guerreiro

This is completely unacceptable! What the hell is happening to humanity? Trampling on a person to get into a stupid concert? Beyond ridiculous!! As expensive as this event is I am sure they make plenty of revenue to be able to prevent these types of things from happening. If they can't have this event responsibly it shouldn't even be back next year. Good riddance! It's time for Miami to get some class

Anson Suxiang Sun
Anson Suxiang Sun

I don't even know why we need Ultra where drugs are overused and irrational craziness permeates. I believe authorities only care for the revenues come with it.

gisellesig
gisellesig

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and commissioner Marc Sarnoff have both expressed outrage over the incident and called for Ultra to be moved out of Miami...and I agreeeee!!!!! This event is just horrible. What animals....I am so happy I left that WRETCHED city.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Some of the one's that have callous words, maybe next time they have armed security from towers with high powered rifles to shoot the losers that climb the fence or storm a section of fencing and knock down the barrier ? A dead drug addict solves that problem just the same ? No Obamacare necessary.

Jorge Marquez
Jorge Marquez

Sopa Gonzalezjr You weren't "misinformed". The information was there, you just didn't take time to read the article before stating an opinion.

Liset Wilson
Liset Wilson

David & Alouishous maybe you guys should exchange phone # looks like you belong to the same heartless club cult

Ess Vee
Ess Vee

It would be great if event organizers Or whomever of ultra fest donated money for that woman's recovery.

Evelyn Thomas
Evelyn Thomas

Prayers for a miraculous recovery!!GOD DOES ANSWER PRAYERS!!

Betty Perez
Betty Perez

Wow when I was young and went to a million concerts this never happened, ever. Even with mosh pits.

Anubis Perez
Anubis Perez

That's why they need to stop this stupid concert. Fucking animals

Alouishous San Gomma
Alouishous San Gomma

This is definitely on the next top five new times list of sucky ways to die. Trampled by furry rave boots. Hopefully she signed up for obamacare

David Sarnoff
David Sarnoff

SORRY, BUT SHE PUT HER LIFE IN DANGER ! HAD NO BUSINESS BEING A "SECURITY GUARD" ! IDIOT JUST DIDN'T GET OUT OF THE WAY. JUST PLAIN DUMB ! DELUSIONS OF POWER !

localcrewmia
localcrewmia

Well I heard some inside info at 3am this morning claiming this is it Ultra is done in Downtown and not welcome back ever and MUST find a new location. Got to big for its own good... Bye Ultra its been nice hope you find a nice place to set up next year...

Karla Vesper Von Guerra
Karla Vesper Von Guerra

Yeah! That's right guys! Blame the security guard who's in critical condition cos surely this is her fault.. Or the city for being "cheap", or Pepe from the corner.. Hell.. Let's blame anyone else we can think of because God forbid we lay blame on the savages who thought getting into a shitty music festival for free was somehow worth putting this woman's life in danger.

David Sarnoff
David Sarnoff

STUPID FEMALE "SECURITY GUARD" ! ACTUALLY THOT THE MOB WAS GOING TO STOP B/C SHE TOLD THEM TO. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS TO STUPID GIRLS ! STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES !

Jacinth Sherisse
Jacinth Sherisse

Damn shame. Its sad that I rather go to a death metal festival than ultra. If you fall in a mosh pit people are decent enough to pick you up. Ultra means you are on your own

Sopa Gonzalezjr
Sopa Gonzalezjr

stupid way to die...$#@!!$/up!!!.. her family should sue for wrongful death if she died....idiots

Alex Henderson
Alex Henderson

I was at the front of the line and had to hold off everyone to let my girl not fall on the gate, scariest moment of my life...all so everyone could get to the next line...if the security had told everyone what was going on instead of being pompous assholes telling people to stay put just because I feel the whole situation could have been avoided.

Erika Marquez
Erika Marquez

The company just wants to save money. All the security guards are unarmed, there are no cameras in the area. All the assistants are in constant danger...

demonthingy
demonthingy

I actually think that moving this concert to Homestead somewhere would be a great idea. Making it more like other festivals that people get to camp out and stay over the weekend. It would reduce all the drunk and intoxicated driving and make it less of a hassle to get into each day. But then again it would take a lot of the business from all the clubs and hotels in downtown and the beach areas. There is alway bond to be some issues when you gather over 75,000 people in one area for over three days.

EGGMAN0
EGGMAN0

Get some class?? Never had any.

EGGMAN0
EGGMAN0

You are a fucking idiot. You were probably one of the fucking morons that  trampled her.

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