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4 Killed In South Korea Subway Site Collapse

Welding tank explosion thought to be cause

June 02, 2016

Four workers were killed and 10 others injured Wednesday, June 1, northeast of Seoul, South Korea, when a subway construction site in Namyangju, collapsed due to what is believed to be a gas explosion.

The victims were trapped under debris 49 feet underground and were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment, according to authorities.

The accident happened around 7:30 a.m., when 17 workers were on duty. One victim died after being thrown by the explosion. The three others were found dead under the collapsed construction site.

A witness said there was a huge blast, but the police said they believe explosives were not being used at the time of the collapse. An official from the Namyangju fire department said a gas tank used for the welding operations might have exploded.

POSCO E&C, the construction unit of the world's fourth-largest steelmaker, was in charge of the construction site.

Source: The Star Online

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