Thursday 21 September 2017

100 car pile-up on South Korea bridge kills two, injures more than 65 people

Press Association

Two people have been killed and more than 60 injured in a crash involving about 100 vehicles in foggy weather on a bridge near South Korea's Incheon International Airport.

At least 65 people were injured, seven of them seriously hurt and Byeon Tae-u of the Incheon Fire and Safety Management Department said the number of the injured could increase.

Emergency workers removed the damaged cars on the 14,400ft Yeongjong Bridge on the main road from the airport to the capital Seoul.

The morning crash happened in a Seoul-bound lane and was probably aggravated by thick fog and icy road conditions, Mr Byeon said.

Firefighters rescue an injured man from a damaged vehicle on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon February 11, 2015. A traffic pileup involving more than 100 vehicles on the bridge on Wednesday killed at least two people and injured more than 30 people, according to local news reports. REUTERS/Park Jung-ho/News1
Firefighters rescue an injured man from a damaged vehicle on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon February 11, 2015. A traffic pileup involving more than 100 vehicles on the bridge on Wednesday killed at least two people and injured more than 30 people, according to local news reports. REUTERS/Park Jung-ho/News1

Lee Gyeong-hoon, 39, whose car was hit from behind,, said he was driving slowly because the fog prevented him from seeing much more than 10 yards ahead.

"I saw the brake lights of the car in front of me turn on and I stopped abruptly," he said. He was able to open the door and escape to the side.

Damaged vehicles are seen on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon February 11, 2015. A traffic pileup involving more than 100 vehicles on the bridge on Wednesday killed at least two people and injured more than 30 people, according to local news reports. REUTERS/Park Jung-ho/News1
Damaged vehicles are seen on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon February 11, 2015. A traffic pileup involving more than 100 vehicles on the bridge on Wednesday killed at least two people and injured more than 30 people, according to local news reports. REUTERS/Park Jung-ho/News1
Damaged vehicles sit on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Two people were killed and at least 42 were injured on Wednesday after a pileup involving about 100 vehicles in foggy weather on the bridge near the Incheon International Airport, South Korean officials said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Yun Tae-hyun)
Policemen examine a damaged vehicle on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon February 11, 2015. A traffic pileup involving more than 100 vehicles on the bridge on Wednesday killed at least two people and injured more than 30 people, according to local news reports. REUTERS/Park Jung-ho/News1
Wreckage are scattered on the road near damaged vehicles on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon February 11, 2015. A traffic pileup involving more than 100 vehicles on the bridge on Wednesday killed at least two people and injured more than 30 people, according to local news reports. REUTERS/Park Jung-ho/News1
A policeman walks between damaged vehicles on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon February 11, 2015. A traffic pileup involving more than 100 vehicles on the bridge on Wednesday killed at least two people and injured more than 30 people, according to local news reports. REUTERS/Park Jung-ho/News1
Firefighters rescue an injured man from a damaged vehicle on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon February 11, 2015. A traffic pileup involving more than 100 vehicles on the bridge on Wednesday killed at least two people and injured more than 30 people, according to local news reports. REUTERS/Park Jung-ho/News1
Firefighters rescue a flight attendant from a damaged vehicle on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon February 11, 2015. A traffic pileup involving more than 100 vehicles on the bridge on Wednesday killed at least two people and injured more than 30 people, according to local news reports. REUTERS/Park Jung-ho/News1
Damaged vehicles sit on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Two people were killed and at least 42 were injured on Wednesday after a pileup involving about 100 vehicles in foggy weather on the bridge near the Incheon International Airport, South Korean officials said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Suh Myung-gon) KOREA OUT
Damaged vehicles sit on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Two people were killed and at least 42 were injured on Wednesday after a pileup involving about 100 vehicles in foggy weather on the bridge near the Incheon International Airport, South Korean officials said.(AP Photo/Yonhap, Suh Myung-gon)
Rescue workers search for survivors in a damaged vehicle on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Two people were killed and at least 42 were injured on Wednesday after a pileup involving about 100 vehicles in foggy weather on the bridge near the Incheon International Airport, South Korean officials said.(AP Photo/Yonhap, Suh Myung-gon)

The fog delayed the departure of 18 flights and the arrival of seven flights during the morning, airport spokesman Cho Sang-hyun said.

South Korea experienced a similar accident in 2006 when a 29-car pile-up in foggy weather at another bridge left 11 people dead and more than 50 injured.

Wreckage are scattered on the road near damaged vehicles on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon February 11, 2015. A traffic pileup involving more than 100 vehicles on the bridge on Wednesday killed at least two people and injured more than 30 people, according to local news reports. REUTERS/Park Jung-ho/News1
Wreckage are scattered on the road near damaged vehicles on Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon February 11, 2015. A traffic pileup involving more than 100 vehicles on the bridge on Wednesday killed at least two people and injured more than 30 people, according to local news reports. REUTERS/Park Jung-ho/News1

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