14 dead in accident at South Korean concert

Rescue workers stand around a collapsed ventilation grate at an outdoor theater in Seongnam, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Fourteen people were feared dead Friday after the ventilation grate collapsed during a concert by popular girls’ band 4Minute, officials said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Shin Young-geun) KOREA OUT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Officials say 14 people died after falling 20 meters when a ventilation grate collapsed during a concert by a popular girls’ band near South Korea’s capital.

Fire officials said two others were unresponsive and feared dead after the accident Friday in Seongnam, justsouth of Seoul. They said 11 others were seriously injured.

Photos of the scene showed a deep concrete shaft under the broken ventilation grate.

The officials said the victims were standing on the grate while watching an outdoor performance by girls’ band 4Minute.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing department rules.

About 700 people had gathered to watch the concert, which was part of a local festival, the Yonhap news agency reported.

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AP writer Youkyung Lee contributed to this story from Seoul.

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