Competition gets out of control, twenty-four injured

08-04-2009

Twenty-four people, including a number of children, were injured in a stampede for cash during an outdoor competition launched by a commercial radio station in Českée Budějovice on Tuesday. The head of the local emergency services Marek Slabý told the CTK news agency a 10-year-old girl was taken to hospital in a serious condition and remains in intensive care. Hundreds of people arrived on the town’s main square for the competition in which the radio station promised to drop 100,000 crowns among the crowd. Many risked getting trampled on in the rush for money vouchers. Some escaped with light injuries, twenty-two people had to be hospitalized. The radio station, which underestimated the situation, is being held responsible for the consequences.