Seoul Crowd-Crush Probe Faults Officials, Recommends Prosecution in Itaewon Deaths

South Korea investigators blamed local police, the district government and emergency responders

SEOUL—South Korean investigators blamed poor safety planning and bungled responses by police and public authorities for a fatal crowd crush that killed more than 150 people during Halloween festivities in Seoul last year.

In its final report Friday, a special police team tasked with investigating the accident found fault with officials from local police, the district government and emergency responders, and referred nearly two dozen people for prosecution for professional negligence.  

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