June 15, 2021

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Building collapses on bus, 9 dead

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KoreaThe five-story building being demolished yesterday suddenly collapsed, sending debris onto a bus and killing nine people on board.

The concrete from the collapsed building in the city of Gwangju, 270 kilometers southwest of Seoul, fell onto a bus carrying 17 people that was stopped on a nearby street, the National Fire Agency said. Emergency responders rescued eight people from the bus, all of whom were seriously injured, before discovering nine bodies. The bus driver was among those injured.

A building collapsed on a bus in Gwangju on June 9. Video: Reuters.

Firefighter Kim Seok-sun said all demolition workers at the building evacuated before it collapsed. He said some workers told investigators they had closed a pedestrian walkway near the building before the collapse.

Fire department officials said emergency responders were still searching to see if anyone could be trapped under the rubble. The cause of the crash has not been determined.

Korea has seen many infrastructure safety incidents. A department store collapse killed more than 500 people in 1995 and a bridge collapse in 1994 killed 49, but the country in recent years has tried to ameliorate the problem.

Firefighters at the scene of a building collapse in Gwangju on June 9.  Photo: Reuters.

Firefighters at the scene of a building collapse in Gwangju on June 9. Image: Reuters.

Phuong Vu (According to the Reuters)

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