Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Kevin Yeung Yun-hung (center) inspects the Hong Kong Coliseum on July 29, 2022, a day after a giant video panel fell onto the stage during performance, injuring two at least two performers. (ANDY CHONG/CHINA DAILY)
Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu on Friday ordered a comprehensive investigation into the concert accident that injured two dancers, one seriously, with Cantopop boy band Mirror at the Hong Kong Coliseum.
On Thursday night, a huge video panel fell onto the stadium’s stage, striking at least two performers. More than a dozen performers were on the stage at the time.
The two dancers hit by the screen were hospitalized. One suffered neck injuries and was in critical condition in intensive care.
Local media reported that the fourth section of his cervical spine was fractured, and that he had surgery on Friday.
Paramedics attended to a performer injured when a huge video panel fell on the stage during a concert by popular Hong Kong boyband Mirror on July 28, 2022. (PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)
The other dancer, who was listed in stable condition after sustaining injuries to his head, was discharged on Friday afternoon. None of the 12 members of Mirror was hurt in the accident.
According to an initial investigation by the government, one of the metal suspension cords holding up the screen snapped.
The concert organizer canceled the eight upcoming performances of the band to be held at the Coliseum.
In a statement early on Friday morning, Lee, the city’s top leader, expressed sympathy for the injured performers. He ordered a comprehensive investigation into the incident and a review of the safety requirements of similar performance activities in order to protect the safety of performers and members of the public.
Local media reported that one of the injured dancers suffered fractures to his fourth section of cervical spine, and that he had surgery on Friday
Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Kevin Yeung Yun-hung announced that the SAR government will set up a task force to fully investigate the accident, and that the probe may take several weeks.
The government also contacted the concert organizer about other stage incidents in recent days and asked it to review and improve the situation, he said.
Officials also pledged to help family members of the injured visit the hospital as soon as possible after they return to the city from overseas.
Richard Li Tzar-kai, chairman of PCCW Media Group and owner of concert organizer MakerVille, said the company will cover the medical expenses of the injured and follow up on the accident.
Mirror, a hugely popular Cantopop group, was formed in 2018 through a reality television show.
Video clips of the incident went viral online. The Hospital Authority said that those who witnessed the accident or watched video clips may feel anxious and uneasy.
Experts called on members of the public to stop forwarding the clips and read text news instead.
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