Sixteen people fell 65 feet to their deaths at an outdoor pop concert in Seongnam, South Korea today after the ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed. According to the Associated Press, 11 more people are seriously injured. Concertgoers were watching 4minute, a K-pop girl group, when the grate collapsed.
The victims haven't yet been identified, but the 700-person crowd was primarily made up of young women. The AP notes that the 4minute girls continued to dance for a while "in front of a crowd that appeared to be unaware of the accident." One eyewitness told YTN TV, "There was a sudden, loud screaming, and when I turned it looked as if people were being sucked down into a hole."
A fire official told South Korea's Yonhap news agency, "Twelve people were killed at the scene, two others were killed while they were being rushed to the hospital. Others are assumed to have passed away while receiving medical treatment." Officials believe 20-30 people were standing on the grate.
4minute fans on Twitter are shocked by the accident:
14 4minute fans confirmed dead as the floor beneath the tents collapsed beneath them oh god can 2014 get any worse??? pic.twitter.com/WdWL6w7THa
— ✨坚强点: stay strong✨ (@moan4selu) October 17, 2014
All my prayers goes for the fans of 4minute, who passed away and was critically injured
— Hyojung ღ (@DanSHINe94) October 17, 2014
It is not 4Minute's fault but still I am sure they feel bad.
— Hedwig. (@woorimaknae) October 17, 2014
I feel so sorry for the 4minute fans who passed away. They just went there to see their idols, but they didn't know it would be the last… :(
— KimChi (@SuhoChi) October 17, 2014
[Photos via AP, YouTube]