|Stop! The unexpected surge forced Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson to halt performing and threaten to walk off stage but their pleas fell on deaf ears as fans were left injured|
Terrified young fans were crushed during One Direction's gig in Peru on Sunday night.
The shocking incident left 47 concert-goers suffering various injuries and requiring medical attention.
The boyband stopped performing and warned the crowd they would be forced to walk off stage if they didn't stop pushing forward.
It's not clear how serious the injuries are but local reports say some fans are still being treated with symptoms of asphyxia.
Tents were used as emergency pop-up treatment centres and an additional evacuation plan was put in place by the head of Peru's volunteer fire service, Mario Cassareto, who insisted they handled the dangerous situation well.
"We treated 47 children with the first stages of asphyxia. Everything is under control. We have nothing to be ashamed of, we've handled the situation well," Mario Cassareto told Peruvian radio.
"We're working with the police and the security companies [who were contracted for the show], 911 and VIP.
"It's under control. We are still treating those with symptoms of asphyxia that we pulled from the back. The ministry of health has set up tents."
A video taken from inside the Estadio Nacional stadium shows singer Niall Horan telling the crowd: "If you don't want anyone to take us off the stage, make sure you stay back."
Bandmate Liam Payne added: "Or we'll have to go - and we don't want to go."
A witness told us of her horror after seeing a girl faint before being trampled by fellow fans.
“The concert was so dangerous. I was front row and they carried out at least 30 girls who had fainted over my head. I have so many bruises,” she said.
“A girl behind me fainted tonight and she got trampled. She could’ve died. It was so scary.
“Their entire crew was horrified by all the people that got hurt.”
A spokesman for the band said: “Audience safety is always the number one priority on a One Direction tour. The planning for this starts with the configuration of the audience on a stadium or arena plan, and where the tickets are sold in that plan.
"Every venue is different. There is always an individual crowd control and security strategy for every One Direction concert.
"The band’s management employ, in their touring party, the very best crowd control and advance security specialists who plan in advance and on the day with all the relevant local experts and services including police, fire, medical, the venue and the promoter.”
It was only the second of 69 shows as part of their Where We Are world tour.
The first gig was in Bogota, Colombia, where 44,000 Directioners filled the El Campin Stadium.
They are currently travelling to Chile for two shows in the national stadium in Santiago.
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