Terrifying videos! 146 dead and 150 injured after Halloween crowd surge in Seoul, South Korea

Seoul Halloween crowd crush
Seoul Halloween crowd crush

At least 146 people were killed and 150 others were injured in a stampede during Halloween festivities in Seoul, officials said of one of the biggest disasters in South Korea that will likely raise serious questions about public safety standards.

The massive death toll is being tallied after people were crushed by a large crowd pushing forward on a narrow alley in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhoods, a major leisure and night-life district in the capital.

Choi Seong-beom, chief of Seoul’s Yongsan fire department, said the death toll could rise and that an unspecified number among the injured were in critical conditions following the stampede in Itaewon on Saturday night.

He said that the bodies were being sent to hospitals or a gym, where bereaved family members could identify them. He earlier said most of the dead and injured are in their 20s.

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More than 1,700 response personnel from across the country were deployed, including about 520 firefighters and 1,100 police officers and 70 government workers. The National Fire Agency said in a statement that all of Seoul’s available emergency workers have been mobilized.

An estimated 100,000 people gathered in Itaewon — near a former headquarters of U.S. military forces in an area known for trendy bars, clubs and restaurants — for the country’s biggest outdoor Halloween festivities since the pandemic began. The South Korean government eased COVID-19 restrictions in recent months.

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One survivor said many people fell and toppled to one another “like dominos” after they were being pushed by other people at a narrow downhill alley near Itaewon’s Hamilton Hotel. The survivor, surnamed Kim, said some people shouted “Help me!” and others were short of breath. Kim described being trampled by other people for about 1 ½ hours before being rescued, according to the Seoul-based Hankyoreh newspaper.

Another survivor, named Lee Chang-kyu, said he saw about five to six men start pushing others before one or two began falling one by one at the start of the stampede, according to the newspaper.

The stampede is the biggest disaster since 304 people, mostly high school students, died in a ferry sinking in April 2014. The sinking exposed lax safety rules and regulatory failures as it was partially blamed on excessive and poorly fastened cargo and a crew poorly trained for emergency situations. Friday’s stampede will likely cause public criticism of government officials over what they’ve done to improve public safety standards since the ferry disaster.

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TV footage and photos showed ambulance vehicles lined up in streets amid a heavy police presence and emergency workers moving the injured in stretchers. Emergency workers and pedestrians were also seen performing CPR on people lying in the streets. In one section, paramedics were seen checking the status of a dozen or more people who lied motionless under blue blankets.

In an interview with news channel YTN, Hwang Min-hyeok, one of the visitors to Itaewon, said it was shocking to see rows of bodies laid down in the alley near Hamilton Hotel. He said emergency workers were initially overwhelmed, leaving pedestrians struggling to administer CPR to the injured lying on the streets. People cried beside bodies, he said.


Another survivor in his 20s said he avoided being trampled as he luckily got into a bar whose door was open at the alley, Yonhap news agency reported. A woman in her 20s surnamed Park told Yonhap that she and others were standing along the side of the alley while others were caught in the middle.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol issued a statement calling for officials to ensure swift treatment for those injured and review the safety of the festivity sites. He also instructed the Health Ministry to swiftly deploy disaster medical assistance teams and secure beds in nearby hospital to treat the injured.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government issued emergency text messages urging people in the area to swiftly return home.

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There were some deadly stampedes in South Korea in the past.

In 2005, 11 people were killed and around 60 others were injured in a pop concert stampede in the southern city of Sangju. In 1992, a teenage girl died and dozens of others were injured during a stampede at a Seoul concert by the U.S. pop group New Kids on the Block. [Yahoo]

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  1. A stampede can happen whether or not South Korea is a Christian nation or not. What type of drugs are you on Anonymous troll?

    • I didn’t say a stampede couldn’t happen. Who keeps saying “hard to prove” when a geo-engineering disaster strikes? Who keeps telling people to “jump off cliffs”? Who keeps calling people “leftist trolls” just for commenting on something?

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  2. I thought South Korea was a Christian nation. Even though the Christianized holidays of Easter and Christmas were originally pagan, Halloween is openly about celebrating demons and darkness rather than Christ. Same nation that is frying Gen Z’s brains with BTS/KPop and its cringey effeminate “Beta-Japan” culture.

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  3. Yeah, it’s a satanic holiday.

    I read in another article that people toward the front were falling over backwards on top of people behind them, then ppl started panicking because they didn’t know what was going on.

    Some were having cardiac arrests, and seizures.

    Mass vaxualty event.

  4. Probably best not to celebrate a satanic holiday. If you celebrate death…then don’t complain if you die. just sayin.’

    • Kind of agree on Samhain being a bad time to celebrate. It is when the spirit world is closest to the temporal world. That is why occultists and satanist types do their blood sacrifices and spells.

      This tragedy could almost qualify as a mass human sacrifice if it were on the actual high holiday of Samhain.

  5. Yeah, that’s crazy bad luck. I feel bad for the families and people that died. Halloween is a weird holiday. It’s kreeeepy.

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