BUSAN, South Korea — Police yesterday launched an investigation into the collapse of a student-packed gymnasium in southeastern South Korea that killed 10 people and injured 105 others.
The roof of the gymnasium at a mountainside resort in Gyeongju, caved in Monday night when some 560 incoming freshmen from the Busan University of Foreign Studies were gathered inside it for a welcoming party. Gyeongju is a tourist city 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul.
Police, forensic experts and structural engineers have begun carrying out structural assessments of the building to determine what led to the collapse, officers said.
A police officer said that once they identify the cause of the collapse, they will be able to draw up an investigation plan and decide whether to bring charges against those liable for the accident once we determine the cause of the collapse.
Police said they will call in up to 30 officials from Kolon Group, which owns the mountain resort, as well as faculty members from the university and students who were at the scene for questioning.
Speculation arose that snow that had piled up on the roof could have led to the cave-in. Affected by a strong winter storm, the Gyeongju area received snowfall of more than 50 centimeters.
In additional news, the families have come to financial terms with the university and the building constructor. Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has also ordered those responsible for the deadly BUFS accident to be sternly punished.
Source: Busan eFM News