Seoul Halloween crush: Chilling pic shows 100,000 revellers rammed into 12ft alley as 153 dead in stampede


A DEADLY crush killed at least 153 as tens of thousands of Halloween fans attempted to push down a narrow alleyway just 12 feet wide.

Chaos erupted on the streets of Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday night as more than 100,000 people rammed into the popular party district Itaewon.

Chilling pictures show the area crammed with party-goers barely able to move moments before the stampede.

Excited teenagers and young adults had poured into the capital to enjoy the first unrestricted Halloween celebrations in three years since Covid regulations were lifted.

But instead they found themselves caught up in a terrifying stampede as the festivities had attracted a dangerous amount of people.

Witnesses say the crowd became increasingly “agitated” as the evening went on.

Shortly before 10.20pm, the situation became out of control as a stampede broke out as people were forced down the tight, sloped alleyway after it was already packed wall-to-wall with people.

Those at the top of the 147ft long pathway started to fall, sending people below them toppling over others.

Panicked revellers became trapped and struggled to breathe before many went into cardiac arrest.

Horrifying footage shared on social media showed some people trying to scale the sides of the buildings to escape the increasing pressure, as others desperately cried out for help.

One witness described the number of bodies piling up as looking like a “tomb”.

Despite the horror unfolding just 320ft from the closest fire station, emergency workers were faced with a battle to reach victims because of traffic congestion and overcrowding.

Videos shared online showed a pile of bodies wedged between buildings, some at the bottom appearing unconscious, while others reached out to medics who grappled to free them from the crush.

Rescuers were filmed trying to pull people trapped underneath dead bodies as field hospitals were thrown up to deal with hundreds of casualties.

Survivors were also seen strewn across the pavement wrapped in foil blankets to stay warm following the crush.

Police said scores were being given CPR on the streets while many others were taken to nearby hospitals.

Tragically, at least 153 people – mostly teenagers and people in their 20s – were declared dead with a further 82 were injured – 19 of those seriously.

Officials said the deaths included 22 foreigners from China, Iran, Russia, France, the US, Australia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Austria, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Norway.

Stressed families frantically phoned authorities for updates as hundreds filed missing person reports.

One dad received a heartbreaking Halloween call from authorities at 1am, saying his daughter in her 20s had been killed.

He told Reuters: “This news came like a bolt from the blue sky.”

As of midday, Interior Ministry Lee Sang-min said at least 90 per cent of the victims had been identified, with delays affecting some foreign nationals and teenagers who did not yet have identification cards.

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