Transcripts of the 11 emergency calls made in the hours and minutes leading up to a Halloween party crush in Seoul that killed more than 150 people show how the partygoers had begged the authorities to step in due to their rising dread.
According to the police’s release of the emergency call transcripts, there was a first warning of a potentially fatal surge on Saturday at 6:34 p.m., or about four hours before the crush became fatal.
The transcripts seem to corroborate what witnesses told Reuters about seeing some police directing traffic on the major road but few or no officers on the busy side streets and pedestrian-heavy lanes.
On Saturday, it was believed that some 100,000 people were in Itaewon, a district famed for its hills and winding streets. According to the officials, 137 police officers were present at the time.