14 dead in accident at South Korean concert

Oct 17, 2014 7:47 AM by Cheryl Wengren

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Officials say 14 people died after falling 20 meters when a ventilation grate collapsed during a concert by a popular girls' band near South Korea's capital.

Fire officials said two others were unresponsive and feared dead after the accident Friday in Seongnam, just south of Seoul. They said 11 others were seriously injured.

Photos of the scene showed a deep concrete shaft under the broken ventilation grate.

The officials said the victims were standing on the grate while watching an outdoor performance by girls' band 4Minute.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing department rules.

About 700 people had gathered to watch the concert, which was part of a local festival, the Yonhap news agency reported.


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