South Korean Tourists Injured in NK Bridge
About 20 South Korean tourists were injured
Monday morning when a bridge collapsed at a
scenic mountain resort in North Korea, the
operator of the North Korean tour program said
in Koseong, Gangwon Province.
The accident occurred around 10 a.m. near
the Guryong (Nine Dragons) Falls in Mount Geumgang
on the east coast, a spokesman for Hyundai
Asan said, adding six of them were seriously
"About 20 tourists fell as the bridge tilted
to one side after an iron buckle became undone," the
spokesman said, while asking not to be identified.
Most of them only suffered minor injuries
while six of them were carried down on stretchers
as they were unable to walk, he said, noting
no air transportation was available.
Some 300,000 South Koreans travel to the North
Korean mountain resort annually. This is the
first major accident to occur at the resort
area since the South Korean company launched
the tour program in late 1998.
A total of 15 South Koreas have died while
traveling to the mountain resort area in North
Korea or due to accidents or other ordeals
during their travel there, according to figures
from the Unification Ministry.