• Short Summary

    Seventy seven people died when a bus left the road and crashed into a 60 foot deep (20 metres) reservoir near the South Korean town of Chongpyong on Monday (10 May).

  • Description

    Seventy seven people died when a bus left the road and crashed into a 60 foot deep (20 metres) reservoir near the South Korean town of Chongpyong on Monday (10 May).

    Most of the victims were drowned while trapped inside the vehicle, which police later said was carrying twice as many passengers as it should have been. There were only fourteen survivors, including a three month old baby, from what is now described as the country's worst bus accident.

    SYNOPSIS: Seventy-seven South Korean's died when this bus crashed into a reservoir near the town of Chongpyong on Monday.

    Police have since said that the bus was carrying twice as many passengers as it should have been. There were only fourteen survivors.

    Police later blamed the tragedy on faulty driving. The bus had been travelling along a winding, bumpy road that runs along the edge of the reservoir. The thirty-five year old driver was one of those who died.

    There were twenty five women and children among the victims of what is now described as South Korea's worst bus accident. Among the fourteen survivors rescued from the water was a three-month-old baby.

    The bus was recovered by engineers from the Army and Police, while drivers worked throughout the day and night to recover bodies - a grim task in water sixty feet deep in laces. And while the divers worked, rescue craft of all kinds went back and forth, towing behind them bodies which had floated to the surface.

    Distraught relatives watched the recovery operation. It has since been reported that large number of mourners clashed with police while staging a subsequent demonstration protesting against the compensation offered to bereaved families by local authorities and the bus company.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1TOLRTKZSCYJ1M8ZWQ4X9DZ7R
    Media URN:
    VLVA1TOLRTKZSCYJ1M8ZWQ4X9DZ7R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/05/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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