South Korea building collapse kills nine

South Korea building collapse kills nine

South Korean rescue workers search for survivors in the debris of a collapsed building in Gwangju
South Korean rescue workers search for survivors in the debris of a collapsed building in Gwangju. (Photo: AFP) 

SEOUL: At least nine people were killed when a five-storey building being demolished in South Korea suddenly collapsed, crushing a bus, officials said.

Dramatic television footage showed the bus being buried in debris and smothered by a huge cloud of dust as the structure gave way.

The bus, which had stopped in front of the site, was carrying 17 people when the accident occurred Wednesday (Jun 9) in the city of Gwangju, southwest of Seoul.

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South Korean rescue workers search for possible survivors from the debris of a collapsed building in Gwangju on Jun 9, 2021. (Photo: AFP) 

Nine of the passengers were killed and the remaining eight were all seriously injured, according to the National Fire Agency.

All the workers on the demolition site had been evacuated before the collapse, they added.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear. 

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South Korean rescue workers search for possible survivors from the debris of a collapsed building in Gwangju on Jun 9, 2021. (Photo: AFP) 

Police have launched a probe into the case, authorities said.

The largest peacetime disaster in South Korea involved the collapse of a department store in 1995, when more than 500 people were killed.

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