“I wish I hadn’t been there, but I was there. And it was heartbreaking, ”said one of those present.
At least 146 dead and 150 injured, but the toll of the Halloween massacre that took place in a district of Seol, the capital of South Korea, could be destined to rise in the next few hours.
Rescuers and witnesses describe sickly scenes, with the battered bodies of hundreds of 20-year-old boys and girls crushed in the crowd: “I wish I hadn’t been there, but I was there. And it was heartbreaking,” said one of those present. The panic that caused the mass stampede in the nightlife district of Itaewon erupted when a crowd of young people poured into a narrow alley.
“People kept pushing and others were crushed,” said those who managed to escape, describing a nightmare scene: “The people crushed under the crowd were crying and I thought I would be crushed to death too, breathing through. a hole and asking for help “.
That it was hell is also proven by numerous videos that have circulated on social media and which show dozens of bodies covered by blue plastic sheets on the side of the road. According to the survivors, the streets around the one where the crowd broke out, the main pedestrian street, were so crowded that it was difficult for emergency services to arrive.
At a certain point, it is as if two opposing human blocks were created pressing on each other, with terrible consequences. “There were those who pushed to get out of the alley, and there were those who pushed to enter,” said a resident who managed to get off the main road by taking refuge in the side alley. At the last moment, before a fuse, still unspecified, caused such uncontrollable fear to explode.
The most vivid testimony comes once again from the images, photos and videos, also shared on international news sites: hundreds of boys and girls on the run, countless injured, ambulances everywhere. Then dozens, hundreds of body bags to decree how a day of celebration has turned into a massacre.