And You Thought Country Music Was Safe and Family-Friendly…

Here are two things that wouldn’t normally go together:  “Keith Urban” and “mass casualty incident.” This is how Saturday’s gig in Mansfield, Massachusetts is being described by first responders and hospital officials. Police and ambulances were called in from six surrounding towns to handle the crush.

“Wow,” you’re probably thinking, “What happened? Did a grandstand collapse? A crazed shooter? An Ebola infection.”  Nope.  Just a bunch of super-drunk country fans. Super-drunk.

A joint statement by Mansfield’s police and fire chief reads as follows: “In total, Fire and EMS attended to 46 medicals resulting in 22 transports, mostly alcohol-related… Police dealt with a steady stream of intoxicated persons as well, resulting in over 50 people being taken into protective custody and a number of others arrested for alcohol-related issues.”

There are reports of one 16 year-old being seriously injured and unresponsive when EMS workers found him.

Keith, however, had a great time.

(Via VVN)

Alan Cross

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