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Falls could face lawsuit over crowd crush

AAP logoAAP 5/01/2017

Organisers of the Falls Festival music event in Victoria could face legal action from some of the 80-odd people who were injured in a crowd crush.

The festival says a "confluence of events" led to the serious incident in Lorne on December 30 which left almost 20 people in hospital.

But a law firm has spoken to 10 patrons and is asking for more revellers to come forward as it contemplates a potential class action.

The firm claims the design of access to and from the Grand Theatre venue may be to blame.

In the days after the crowd crush, festival co-producer Jessica Ducrou said organisers had spent many years working with authorities and emergency services resulting in an "impeccable safety record" for the previous 24 years.

Initial reports suggested the December 30 crush began when patrons at the front of a crowd leaving a performance in the theatre lost their footing but the crowd behind kept on coming.

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