BUSAN, South Korea – Police today blamed shoddy construction and poor materials for last week’s deadly gymnasium collapse. The accident killed 10 people, mostly college students, and injured 105 others.
The roof of the gymnasium at the Mauna Ocean Resort in Gyeongju, a historic tourist city 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul, caved in on Feb. 17. It happened while some 560 incoming freshmen from the Busan University of Foreign Studies were holding a welcome party inside the building.
The Gyeongju Police Station announced the interim results of their investigation into the tragedy. Officers at the police station said that the collapse was the result of overall poor construction and lax management of the building.
Bae Bong-gil, a lead investigator into the case, told a press briefing that the gymnasium showed numerous problems in terms of design, construction, and supervision. He also said that resort employees ‘did not properly remove snow from the roof.’
Initially, snow that had piled up on the roof was blamed for the collapse. Hit by severe winter storms, the Gyeongju area received more than 50 centimeters of snowfall around the time of the accident.
Source: Busan eFM News