Woman dies after Linkin Park accident

Scaffolding fell onto Linkin Park fans, killing at least one young woman. Picture: @dontparty via Twitter.
Dave "Phoenix" Farrell of American rock group Linkin Park performs at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening, 7 November 2012. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA
Emergency workers treat patients after a temporary scaffolding structure collapsed due to strong winds at a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA.
The scaffolding that fell at a Linkin Park Concert in Cape Town. Picture: The Hubb.
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CAPE TOWN - One person died after an advertising board fell on Linkin Park fans outside the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night. 

Fans were getting ready to enter the stadium for the rock concert when strong winds blew over the advertising scaffolding. 

Officials said at least 20 people were injured with at least three in a critical condition. 

Some of those injured were energy drink promoters.

A Linkin Park fan was at the scene of the incident.

“There were pillars branded with the sponsor’s logo, the wind got hold of it and it fell over.”

A woman who attended last night's Linkin Park concert said she helped comfort the person who died after scaffolding fell on her.

Justine Butler, who happens to be a nurse, comforted the woman.

“She was the first I went to, she was laying directly in front of me on the ground and she quite a serious head injury. He boyfriend was just holding her hand; I don’t think he knew how serious it was.”

Last night, disaster management officials said between 10 and 14 people were injured.

Disaster management’s Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said the injured concert goers were treated on the scene.

“The wind speed, as measured by the Cape Town Weather Service was between 40 and 45 km south east, at gale force.”

According to Solomons-Johannes, the board fell behind McDonald’s next to the stadium.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)