Stampede at Concert

In South Korea Kills 11

SANGJU, South Korea -- Thousands of concertgoers trying to enter a stadium to hear old Korean songs sparked a stampede Monday that killed 11 people and injured 72 others, officials said.

The stampede occurred about 165 miles southeast of Seoul as 20,000 people were entering a sports stadium for a concert organized by a local TV network.

"There were elderly people in the front, and when pushed from behind . . . [they] fell, leading to a chain reaction of falling and being crushed," Kang Mi Kyung, a witness, told the Yonhap news agency.

Among the dead were eight women ages 54 to 76, a city official said. The concert was for a program of songs popular among the elderly, part of a weekly show that is aired nationally.


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