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6 Dead in South Korean Road Tunnel Fire

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According to the local fire service, a bus and truck accident that resulted in a massive fire at a motorway tunnel on Seoul’s outskirts has claimed six individuals’ lives. Images of the scenario in the local media showed huge flames and smoke plumes coming from the tunnel as hundreds of firefighters fought to put out the fire.

According to a representative of the Gwacheon fire department, the fire was sparked at approximately 1:50 pm (0450 GMT) after a bus and a truck collided in the motorway tunnel in Gwacheon. Images in the local media showed that the raised tunnel, which is intended to shield neighboring buildings from the noise of the road, was swiftly consumed by fire.

“We are doing a search inside the tunnel in case of additional casualties,” the official added. He also said that twenty people were being treated for smoke inhalation.

“I urge the authorities to put out the best efforts to save the lives of those who have not escaped,” he said. A Halloween crowd crush in the Itaewon nightlife district that left 150 people dead, primarily young women, happened just a few months before the catastrophic catastrophe. A significant source of national pride is South Korea’s quick rise from a war-torn, impoverished backwater to Asia’s fourth-largest economy and a thriving democracy.

However, many avoidable tragedies have eroded public faith, such as Itaewon and the Sewol ferry tragedy that claimed more than 300 lives in 2014. In haste for development, many South Koreans have questioned whether safety standards were neglected and laws disregarded, leaving a long-term legacy of resentment and mistrust in their wake.

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