4 Michigan festivalgoers dead; 3 exposed to carbon monoxide

4 Michigan festivalgoers dead; 3 exposed to carbon monoxide

July 19, 2021

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — At least four people died while attending a weekend country music festival in southern Michigan, including three men who likely succumbed to carbon monoxide exposure inside a travel trailer, authorities said.

Two more men were in critical condition at a hospital from the same exposure, the Lenawee County sheriff's office said. The five men were in their early 20s.

A concerned friend called 911 around 1:30 p.m. Saturday when he had not heard from them during the Faster Horses Festival at Michigan International Speedway, 80 miles (128.7 kilometers) west of Detroit. They were staying at a campground outside the festival grounds in Woodstock Township.

“This tragic incident is being investigated as a suspected carbon monoxide exposure from a generator located very near the travel trailer,” the sheriff's office said on Twitter.

According to Sheriff Investigators, the caller was a friend of the five males and became concerned when he had not heard from them. This tragic incident is being investigated as a suspected carbon monoxide exposure from a generator located very near the travel trailer.

— Lenawee County (@lenaweecounty) July 17, 2021

Separately, state police reported the death of a 30-year-old woman, Melissa Havens of Croswell.

The cause and manner was unknown, state police said, although investigators were looking for a suspect.

“Detectives want the public to know there is no danger or threats to people attending” the music festival, state police said.

Detectives want the public to know there is no danger or threats to people attending Faster Horses Music Festival.

— MSP First District (@MSPFirstDist) July 17, 2021

The three-day festival concluded Sunday. Its headliners included Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Jason Aldean.

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