SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean officials say dozens of people went into cardiac arrest after being crushed by a large crowd pushing forward down a narrow street during Halloween festivities in the capital Seoul.
Choi Cheon-sik, an official with the National Fire Agency, said around 100 people were reportedly injured in the surge of crowds in the Itaewon entertainment district on Saturday night. He did not give a specific number of people being treated for cardiac arrest on Sunday, but said there were dozens.
Choi said people were believed to have been crushed to death after a large crowd began moving down a narrow alley near the Hamilton Hotel, a major party spot in Seoul.
Police said dozens of people were receiving CPR on the streets of Itaewon while many others were taken to nearby hospitals.
A local police officer said he was also informed that a stampede had occurred in the streets of Itaewon where a crowd of people had gathered for Halloween festivities. The officer requested anonymity, saying details of the incident were still under investigation.
Some local media earlier reported that the thunderbolt happened after a large number of people rushed to a bar in Itaewon after hearing an unidentified celebrity going there.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol issued a statement calling on authorities to ensure prompt treatment of the injured and review the safety of party venues.
This is a developing story. Please check for updates.