by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
Two people were killed and at least 60 were injured on Wednesday morning as more than 100 vehicles piled up on a bridge near South Korea’s Incheon International Airport, according to Yonhap News Agency.
The collision occurred at 9:34 a.m. on the Seoul-bound lanes of the Yeongjong Bridge, which connects Yeongjong Island, where the country’s main airport is located, to Seoul. Police said the pileup began after an airport limousine bus rear-ended a taxi that had already collided into a vehicle in the adjacent lane.
The crash was most likely caused by the dense fog and icy road conditions. According to Yonhap, drivers could see only about 10 meters in front of them, and the pileup spanned 1.3 kilometers.
Two people were killed while seven remain in serious conditions, a firefighter told the Associated Press. He added that among the injured were seven Chinese, three Thai and two each from the Philippines and Vietnam. Other injured foreign nationals included a Swiss, Bangladeshi, Russian and Japanese.
The bodies of the two victims were identified only as 51-year-old Kim and 46-year-old Lim. While Kim’s body was transported to Myongji Hospital in Goyang, a northern Seoul suburb, Lim’s was sent to Incheon’s Na-Eun Hospital.
The Incheon Seobu Police have created a task force to determine the exact cause of the pileup and plan to look into a nearby CCTV footage.
The Seoul-bound lanes of the bridge were closed after the collision, but was reopened for traffic at 3:12 p.m.
Featured image via the Korea Herald