SEOUL, South Korea (CelebrityAccess Mediawire) — Reported have been 16 deaths and 11 injuries during a concert in at the Pangyo Techno Valley. Approximately 700 people had gathered to watch the pop group the popular South Korean girl band, 4Minute, along with other groups playing that day and TV reports claim about 25 concert goers fell through a grate 33 feet down to the parking lot below according to Aljazeera news and an investigation uncovered evidence of structural flaws and lax management controls.
According to the BBC "Twelve people were killed at the scene, two others died while they were being rushed to the hospital. Others are assumed to have passed away while receiving medical treatment," a local fire official was quoted as saying by South Korea's Yonhap news agency.
About 700 people were at the concert, part of a local festival being held at Pangyo Techno Valley, a multi-purpose complex for technology firms.
In the dense crowd, 20-30 people climbed on a grate over the deep ventilation shaft. Under their weight the grate gave way and the group fell through.
"I'm a bit shaken up but I'm OK. I was literally 20 ft away from where it happened. None of us knew what had happened. I was queuing up at the beer tent at the time. The concert had just started," Ross Gibson, who lives in Seoul, told the BBC.
Another eyewitness told YTN news channel: "There was a sudden, loud screaming, and when I turned it looked as if people were being sucked down into a hole."