South Korean president apologizes for Seoul crowd crash, claims responsibility and announces police reform | Reuters

South Korean President Yoon Seo-yeol apologized for the Itaewon bus crash in downtown Seoul that killed 156 people on the 7th. FILE PHOTO: Photo taken on November 1, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol apologized on Wednesday for the Itaewon bus crash that killed 156 people, demanding responsibility from those involved for failing to respond, as well as police and security officials He announced the he would work on reforming the management system.

he said at a meeting on the review of security regulations.

The police have been criticized for their response to the accident, with only 137 police officers sent despite an estimate that up to 100,000 people would gather beforehand.

Additionally, it is clear from multiple report records that emergency calls were received from citizens complaining about the danger of crowds several hours before the accident.

At the meeting, President Yoon promised to review the country’s safety management system, conduct a thorough investigation into the accident, and hold responsibility for the inadequacy. “To keep people safe, major reforms are needed especially in policing operations, which are essential for risk preparedness and accident prevention,” he said.

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