Hundreds of people were injured in northwestern Spain when a pier collapsed during an oceanside music festival in the city of Vigo, the authorities said on Monday.
The pier collapsed around midnight Sunday, throwing people into the water below and on top of one another. Divers and other rescue workers were still searching late Monday morning for anybody who might have been trapped below the broken boards of the pier, but the authorities in the northwestern region of Galicia reported no fatalities.
More than 300 people were reportedly wounded in the collapse, and after treatment of their injuries, nine people remained hospitalized on Monday, including five in serious condition.
The pier collapsed along its central section, which had a length of about 40 meters, or roughly 130 feet, “probably either because of excess weight or jumping by the audience,” Enrique López Veiga, the president of the Vigo port authority, told the Spanish broadcaster Cadena SER. The accident occurred during the closing concert, by the Spanish rap artist Rels B.
An investigation is underway to determine the causes of the accident, but several politicians had warned in recent months that the pier needed work.