At Least Eight Students Reported Dead After Collapsed Roof Traps Dozens At South Korean University Orientation

At least eight South Korean university students are dead after a collapsed roof trapped dozens of freshmen at a welcome ceremony for Busan University of Foreign Studies, the Associated Press reports.

More than 500 students were in the auditorium for the ceremony, and at least 20 have been rescued from the building and transported to local hospitals, according to the AP. More than 70 students were injured following the roof collapse, including 15 who sustained serious injuries.

South Korean media is reporting that the collapse was due to an unusually high snowfall in the area, but the AP reports that no official cause has been released yet. The heavy snowfall may also be interfereing with ongoing rescue efforts.

Via the BBC, here’s a picture showing the aftermath of the collapse:

3 killed as roof collapses at resort in South Korea, officials say http://t.co/5TTs4nDSMc & pic.twitter.com/Egc3CZEf8o
— BBC News Asia (@BBCNewsAsia) February 17, 2014

And here’s another image from South Korean Yonhap News:

First pictures of #SouthKorea university roof collapse. @YonhapNews reporting at least 3 killed. #breakingnews #AJAM pic.twitter.com/Qgci0CLgXa
— Jack Maddox (@MaddoxJack) February 17, 2014

The freshman orientation took place at a resort complex in Gyeongju, a city in the southeast of South Korea.

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