9 die in South Korea as building collapses onto bus
Published: 10:18 PM, 9 June 2021
The building collapsed directly on to a bus; Photo: Reuters
At least nine people have been killed after a five-storey building collapsed onto a bus in South Korea. At least eight people were injured in the incident.
The incident took place in the southern city of Gwangju in South Korea on Wednesday.
According to BBC, citing National Fire Agency, the bus was carrying 17 people and had stopped on a street below.
It was reported that the collapsed building was undergoing the demolishing process. Search efforts are underway for survivors who may be trapped under rubble.
“All workers on the site had evacuated before the building collapsed,” fire officer Kim Seok-sun said in a televised briefing.
Some of the workers told investigators they had shut off a pedestrian path near the site before the collapse, he added.
A pedestrian told Yonhap news agency it felt like “the earth was shaking”. “I could not see the road clearly, as if it were shrouded in thick fog,” he said.
More than 500 people were killed in June 1995 when a department store collapsed in Seoul - one of the worst incidents in the history of South Korea.