Olympics concert accident injures fans

Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:17pm EST
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Vancouver Olympics organizers on Wednesday investigated a concert mishap that left 19 people injured, the latest accident to befall the Winter games.

The stage barrier came down at the LiveCity Yaletown venue on Tuesday night soon after Canadian rock band Alexisonfire started playing and fans surged, according to statement from the city of Vancouver.

Officials said 10 concert goers were treated for minor injuries on the scene, and another nine were sent to hospital for further treatment of their injuries, none of which were life-threatening.

The Live Nation-promoted concert, billed as a celebration of the 2010 Vancouver Games at David Lam Park on the city's waterfront, was canceled after the barrier incident. The venue was expected to open Wednesday.

The Vancouver games have been dogged by unfortunate incidents, though none as tragic as the death of a Georgian luger before last Friday's opening ceremony. Rain, fog and warm weather have plagued the games, as well as bureaucratic stumbles.