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Poor construction blamed for fatal gym collapse in South Korea

Published on Feb 28, 2014 1:47 PM
 
A collapsed resort building is seen in Gyeongju, about 375km south-east of Seoul, on Feb 18, 2014. South Korean police on Friday, Feb 28, 2014, blamed shoddy construction for the collapse last week of a student-packed gymnasium that killed 10 people, and said they expected to file criminal charges. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean police on Friday blamed shoddy construction for the collapse last week of a student-packed gymnasium that killed 10 people, and said they expected to file criminal charges.

The roof of the gym, at a resort complex near the southern city of Gyeongju, caved in under the weight of heavy snow on Feb 17 when about 560 college students were attending a concert.

Ten people were killed and more than 120 injured.

Following an initial investigation, senior police investigator Bae Bong Gil said evidence had been found of structural flaws and lax management controls.

 
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