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9 people killed, 8 severely injured in Gwangju after building collapses on bus Updated: 2021-06-10 09:57:29 KST

We turn to the tragedy that struck Wednesday in South Korea's southwestern city of Gwangju.
A building collapsed suddenly in the center of the city, killing at least 9 people and injuring several more, many critically.
Our Choi Won-jong is at the scene.
Won-jong, what's going on right now.


Mark, it's difficult situation here at the scene of devastation.
We are in front of the site where a five-story building collapsed onto a bus killing 9 people and severely injuring 8 others.
No additional victims have been reported, as of Thursday.


I'm going to step out of the camera for a little bit here let me show you what's going on behind me.
Now, take a look at this red brick building here.
Due to large amount of rubble that collapsed, it's hard to tell that it used to be a building.
Police officers and firefighters have been here all night, surveying the scene and looking for survivors.
We also spoke to some local residents about what happened.

"It's devastating. I hope I don't see any of the victims. That was my biggest concern. I got several phone calls while watching TV since I've lived here for more than 40 years. I've never seen anything like this."

"It's so awful. I often pass by here on my way to the hospital where my child works. I was worried about the safety of it to be honest. However, I was still really surprised when I heard what happened.

Mark, this building collapsed at around 4:20 PM on Wednesday.
A few hours later, an official statement was released by the fire department reporting the first death.
They found three more people, but they died while being transported to hospital.
Later.. at around 8 PM rescuers pulled 5 more bodies out of the rubble.
The victims range from teenagers through to people in their 70s.
Rescuers managed to save 8 people but they have serious injuries.
The rescue mission was completed at around 8:15 PM last night.
Officials still don't know what caused the building to collapse.
A special investigation team was being created but that has now been upgraded to ensure a much quicker and more strictly controlled probe.
Their work starts this afternoon at around 1 PM.
A memorial altar for the victims will be set up at Gwangju's Dong-gu district office.
That's all I have for you we'll be back with more as the situation unfolds.
Back to you.
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