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73 traffic and fire accidents reported during holiday

추석연휴 광주·전남 사건사고 잇따라

73 traffic and fire accidents reported during holiday

 

Over the four day Chuseok period, 37 accidents in total were reported in Gwangju and the reported accidents saw 42 people injured.

 

Jongmin Kim reports.

 

According to the City on Monday, hundreds of thousands of people took to the roads to mark the Chuseok holiday, or Korean Thanksgiving. In Gwangju and Jeonnam some 530,000 vehicles entered, while 560,000 left.

 

About 130,000 people visited cemeteries in the City to pay tribute to their late family members and 30% of them, some 40,000 people did so on Friday, the day of Chuseok.

           

Thousands of traffic control staff were deployed, particularly on busy roads, to prevent accidents that have been common during all long holidays, and police stepped up road checks against reckless drivers and vehicles violating road safety. Police also deployed drones and helicopters in congested spots and highways.

 

Despite all the efforts from the government,  incidents in traffic and fire accidents  overshadowed the holiday in Gwangju and Jeonnam. In total 42 people were injured between last Thursday and Sunday. Specifically 9 cases of fire, 28 traffic accidents as well as 634 other emergency reports were made.

 

Compared to Chuseok last year, the number of accidents and injuries were cut by a half. 

 

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