REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, SEOUL - Sixteen people were killed at an open-air pop concert in South Korea on Friday when the cover of a ventilation shaft they were standing on gave way.
The victims of Friday's accident died after falling more than 30 feet into this ventilation shaft, the cover collapsing beneath their weight. They were among 700 people attending a pop concert at a shopping mall near Seoul.
Local fire department chief Choi Young-Gyun told reporters there were many people standing on the ventilation cover when it collapsed. At least of eleven of those who fell were admitted to hospital with serious injuries. Emergency service officials say the death toll is likely to rise.