July 28, 2014 01:59:36 GMT
According to officials, 22 concertgoers are taken to hospitals because of 'alcohol-related issues' while 50 other people are taken into protective custody.
Dozens of fans who attended Keith Urban's concert Mansfield, Massachusetts on Saturday night, July 26 had to receive medical treatment, official said. As reported by Boston Herald, several ambulances from five nearby communities, a half-dozen police and fire departments went to Xfinity Center after receiving reports of illness and injuries which were caused by "alcohol-related issues."
According to officials, 22 fans were rushed to the hospital while 46 people were treated at the venue. Fifty other fans were taken into protective custody. "Last evening's Keith Urban concert was not anticipated to present with the volume of issues handled, but measures were in place to provide appropriate and adequate care and protection to all patrons. As a result, although there was a higher than expected volume, appropriate care was available through the expandable model," read a joint statement from Mansfield Police Chief Ron Sellon and Fire Chief Neil Boldrighini.
"In total, Fire and EMS attended to 46 medicals resulting in 22 transports mostly alcohol-related," continued the statement which was released on Sunday. "The large number of medicals in a shortened time of approximately three hours caused the activation of a phase one EMS plan utilizing ambulances from five mutual aid communities. 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."
The Australian singer, meanwhile, was seemingly unaware of the medical problems. "What a great night tonight. It was killer. Gosh, up on the lawn tonight, that was nutso. It was so cool," he said in a short clip uploaded after the show. "Anyway, if you came tonight, thank you very much for giving us all the love and energy. Boston Strong, I love you. Night-night."
The incident took place only a month after 38 people attending Avicii's concert at the TD Garden in Boston were taken to hospital following an alleged drug-related issue. In addition to the 38 fans, 50 concertgoers received treatment at the venue.