Korean media outlet The Fact recently reported that at a 5 p.m. event in Sungnam on October 17, during a 4Minute performance, a ventilation window collapsed, causing 25 spectators to fall below the surface. Wikitree stated that the fall was roughly 10 meters (about 3.3 stories).
According to the report by The Fact, police and rescue workers have arrived at the scene and are working to rescue the spectators, penetrating a wall four stories below the surface to reach the injured. As of right now, two have been confirmed dead, and 13 have been rescued. Police think the vent may have collapsed from the weight of audience members who climbed on top of it to get a better view of the performances, although a more detailed investigation is currently under way.
Although the event was not organized by Cube Entertainment, the agency has stated that it will release an official statement soon.
According to the latest announcement by the police, 14 have been confirmed dead and 11 have been seriously injured.
As of 8:45 p.m. KST, the number of dead has increased to 15, and 10 have been seriously injured. The injured have been transferred to hospitals in Bundang and Sungnam for medical treatment.
A representative of the fire authority revealed to Yonhap News, “12 passed away at the accident location, and two passed away while being transferred to the hospital. Others have passed away while receiving medical treatment.” According to the officials, the number of dead is likely to increase. According to Yonhap News, 16 have been confirmed dead.
[Cube Entertainment Gives Official Statement]Cube Entertainment has given an official statement on the ventilation window accident that happened during a 4Minute performance.
4Minute was performing as one of the acts in the “Pangyo Techno Valley Festival,” along with T-Ara, Junggigo, 2Bic, and Cherry Filter. Spectators had climbed onto a ventilation window to get a better view of the concert, and due to the weight of the currently reported twenty-six people, the window had collapsed. The spectators fell 10 meters, and since the incident the number of deaths has risen to 16, with 10 injured.
Although the event was not organized by Cube Entertainment, because the incident happened while 4Minute was performing, the agency has released an official statement. “There is no way to measure the amount of grief in our hearts…The members and the staff did not know what had happened during their performance and only learned of the incident on their way back to Seoul. We hope no more people get hurt because of this incident.”
Source: Soompi (2)