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At Least 149 Killed as Halloween Crowd Surge Turns Deadly in South Korea

At Least 149 Killed as Halloween Crowd Surge Turns Deadly in South Korea

“Another 150 were reported injured when they were crushed during a Halloween celebration in Seoul on Saturday night.

The Itaewon district in Seoul filled with emergency workers on Sunday morning.
Jung Yeon-Je/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

SEOUL — At least 149 people were killed and another 150 injured after they were crushed in a large Halloween crowd in Seoul on Saturday night, the city’s fire department said, in one of the deadliest peacetime accidents in South Korea’s recent history.

The crowd surge happened during one of the most raucous celebrations of the year in the nation’s capital, where as many as 100,000 people, local news media said, had clogged the narrow streets of the Itaewon nightlife district Saturday evening for Halloween festivities. 

Injured people are helped after deadly crowd surge on Saturday.
Lee Jin-Man/Associated Press

SEOUL — Kim Seo-jeong, 17, a high school student, was wearing the traditional Chinese dress known as a qipao, holding a folding fan, and her friend was dressed as a maid as they joined a Halloween crowd in Itaewon, a popular nightlife district in central Seoul, on Saturday evening.

They were excited to be there, having missed previous Halloween festivities because of the pandemic. But what was expected to be an enjoyable evening out soon turned into a nightmare, as thousands of people cramming into a narrow, hilly alley next to the Hamilton Hotel created a deadly crowd crush.“

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