2021 Gwangju building collapse

On Wednesday, 9 June 2021 at 16:22 KST, a five-story building collapsed in Gwangju, South Korea during demolition, killing at least nine people and critically injuring eight. All of the casualties were passengers on a bus that was stopped at a station next to the building.[1]

2021 Gwangju building collapse
DateJune 9, 2021; 2 years ago (2021-06-09)
Time16:22 (KST)
LocationGwangju, South Korea
Coordinates35°08′04″N 126°55′38″E / 35.134325°N 126.927184°E / 35.134325; 126.927184
9 killed
8 injured

Collapse Edit

At 04:22 p.m. KST, a 5-story building was in the process of being demolished when a portion of the building collapsed onto a 7-lane road. The collapse buried a bus and 2 cars near a station next to the building under thousands of tonnes of rubble, and trapped dozens of passengers. All of the fatalities were bus passengers. The heap of rubble was 10 metres tall; rescuers used heavy machinery to comb through the wreckage. Nine people were found dead inside of the bus and eight others were critically injured.

Investigation Edit

In the immediate aftermath of the collapse, Police booked 4 people, three workers from two different demolition companies and a supervisor from another company were booked without detention on charges on involuntary manslaughter.[2]

Police also probed whether a former member of an organized crime ring was overseeing the demolition of the building. On the 16th of June, police raided the headquarters of HDC Hyundai Development Company in Seoul to execute a search and seizure warrant ascertain whether the company was responsible for the disaster.[citation needed]

The person responsible for overseeing the demolition works was arrested at an airport after three months on the run. [3]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Building collapse in South Korea's Gwangju city leaves at least 9 dead". The Straits Times. 9 June 2021. Archived from the original on 9 June 2021. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Police Book 4 People in Gwangju Building Collapse Investigation". world.kbs.co.kr.
  3. ^ "[속보]'광주 붕괴 참사' 문흥식, 도피 3달 만에 공항서 체포".