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2 die in crush at massive Argentine rock concert

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/12/2017
A fan who was dancing in the mosh pit is lifted to remove him from the area, toward security, during Argentine singer Indio Solari's show in Olavarria, Argentina, Saturday, March 11, 2017. Officials say two people died in a crush during Solari's massive rock concert. (AP Photo/Hernan Leonardi) © The Associated Press A fan who was dancing in the mosh pit is lifted to remove him from the area, toward security, during Argentine singer Indio Solari's show in Olavarria, Argentina, Saturday, March 11, 2017. Officials say two people died in a crush during Solari's massive rock concert. (AP Photo/Hernan Leonardi)

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A crush of people at a massive open-air rock concert left two people dead and a dozen more injured, Argentine officials said Sunday.

Argentine singer Indio Solari performs in Olavarria, 300 kilometers (180 miles) southwest Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Officials said multiple people died and others were injured in a crush during Solari's massive rock concert. (AP Photo/Hernan Leonardi) © The Associated Press Argentine singer Indio Solari performs in Olavarria, 300 kilometers (180 miles) southwest Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Officials said multiple people died and others were injured in a crush during Solari's massive rock concert. (AP Photo/Hernan Leonardi)

Olavarria Mayor Ezequiel Galli said officials had been expecting 160,000 to 170,000 for the concert by Indio Solari, but far more showed up. Solari is wildly popular in Argentina and gives few concerts.

Argentine singer Indio Solari performs in Olavarria, 300 kilometers (180 miles) southwest Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Officials said multiple people died and others were injured in a crush during Solari's massive rock concert. (AP Photo/Hernan Leonardi) © The Associated Press Argentine singer Indio Solari performs in Olavarria, 300 kilometers (180 miles) southwest Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Officials said multiple people died and others were injured in a crush during Solari's massive rock concert. (AP Photo/Hernan Leonardi)

"The situation got out of hand. That many people really weren't expected," Galli told a news conference. He said two people were confirmed dead and 12 others were hospitalized.

Security personnel remove a fan who was dancing in the mosh pit during Argentine singer Indio Solari's show in Olavarria, Argentina, Saturday, March 11, 2017. Officials say two people died in a crush during Solari's massive rock concert. (AP Photo/Hernan Leonardi) © The Associated Press Security personnel remove a fan who was dancing in the mosh pit during Argentine singer Indio Solari's show in Olavarria, Argentina, Saturday, March 11, 2017. Officials say two people died in a crush during Solari's massive rock concert. (AP Photo/Hernan Leonardi)

Solari paused the show several times, and at one point called for help for people knocked to the ground.

The crowd overwhelmed transportation services in Olavarria, a city of about 120,000 people some 300 kilometers (180 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires. Many concert-goers found themselves stranded Sunday morning for lack of transportation.

Galli said extra buses were being brought in from the army and other agencies.

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