More than 40 people have died in a stampede at a luxury shopping mall in south-east Queensland, leaving more than 600 people trapped inside the building.
Key points:More than 40 dead and nearly 600 injured in a car crash at Tyler Mall in Queensland on FridayThe mall’s operator has said there was a “clear risk” to the safety of the publicMore than 20 people have been charged with manslaughter over the incidentMore than 100 people were injured in the stampede and are still being treated in hospitalMore than 10 million people have visited Queensland’s largest shopping centre in recent years.
Tyler Mall is one of the country’s biggest malls and houses the Victoria’s Cup football and sporting events.
In a statement, Tyler said it was “deeply saddened by the tragic events at Tylers Mall today”.
“The safety of our guests and our employees is our number one priority and Tylers management and staff are currently investigating the cause of the incident.
Tylers has been a leading Australian brand for more than 60 years, and Tyler is proud of our heritage and the incredible people that work there,” the statement said.”
Tyler is a strong, caring, and dedicated team who have been dedicated to the well-being of their guests and staff.”
The incident happened around 4.30pm (AEDT) on Friday and saw an estimated 400 vehicles involved in a massive traffic jam in the mall’s parking lot.
The injured include a number of people from the mall, including two staff members, one manager and a driver.
A statement on the Tyler website said: “Tyler has been one of Australia’s most iconic shopping centres for more of than 60 year.
We are saddened by this tragic event.”
Tyler said in a statement it was working with authorities to identify the vehicle involved.
The statement said Tyler was committed to its “top-notch customer experience”.
“We are deeply saddened by these tragic events and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected,” it said.
The Tyler statement said the incident was not the first time Tyler had had a problem.
“In the early 2000s, Tylers experienced an incident which resulted in the evacuation of more than 300 customers from the Tylers retail centre,” it added.
“It was the first of many major incidents which have occurred in the past 50 years.”
The mall said the cause for the incident is still under investigation.