At Least 120 Dead in South Korea After Reported Crowd Surge in Itaewon
Seoul, South Korea At Least 120 Dead After Crowd Surge ... In Itaewon Gathering
10/29/2022 10:29 AM PT
12:02 PM PT -- South Korean officials have gone on record to say at least 120 are dead so far from the crowd surge in Itaewon.
Multiple people are feared dead after dozens of lifeless bodies required CPR in South Korea Saturday during what appears to be a mass gathering that turned into a crowd surge.
Several videos and photos are circulating on social media right now showing countless people laid out on the floor in the streets of Itaewon -- a popular neighborhood in Seoul -- and receiving chest compressions from both first responders and bystanders alike.
DON'T GO TO ITAEWON! STAY SAFE PLEASE #ITAEWON #0|EH| #HALLOWEEN # #TIKTOKKOREA— max457 (@JiaRuiiji) October 29, 2022 @JiaRuiiji
The images are scary ... as a lot of these folks don't seem to have any signs of consciousness -- and you can tell how frantic of a scene it is by the reaction.
Reports on the ground say upwards of 100 people were injured total -- with a significant amount purportedly having gone into cardiac arrest as well. There are signs multiple fatalities could result from this -- some photos show cops putting tarps over what seem to be dead bodies ... but there's no official count of lives beyond just 2, per NYT.
truly the scariest halloween of my life—30 down, 400 rescue workers deployed. please avoid itaewon and stay safe. #이태원사고 pic.twitter.com/PC1GBJt7qk— Chloe Park 🦋 in Seoul (@chloepark) October 29, 2022 @chloepark
The reason all these people congregated here is because it's one of the biggest Halloween get-togethers there in Seoul -- reports say tens of thousands of people had packed into the relatively tight alleyways, which some speculate likely triggered a stampede of some sort.
One rumor floating around -- which hasn't been substantiated -- is that the crowd crush was caused by folks rushing toward a bar there in Itaewon after word of a celeb sighting ... although it's unclear who exactly it might've been, if anyone.
my god 😢 my prayers go out to all the victims & their families.— z (@kopiconnoisseur) October 29, 2022 @kopiconnoisseur
may their soul rest in peace 🕊️ 🤍#Itaewon pic.twitter.com/f7sls1OmvW
S. Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has dispatched emergency services to Seoul, and the mayor is on his way back from an international trip to survey the damage and get briefed.
Originally Published -- 10:29 AM PT