An English teacher in Seoul who passed through Itaewon on Saturday night described what he saw to CNN.
“There were rows and rows of people covered in tarps on the street,” said 27-year-old Emily Farmer.
The farmer, who was accompanied by two friends, said he did not see any crowd control measures in the area.
There is sadness At least 151 people were killed and injured dozens more. Among the dead were 19 foreigners from Iran, Norway, China and Uzbekistan.
Farmer and her friends decided to enter a bar “overwhelmed” by the crowd on the street.
After a while, rumors began to spread that someone had died, and patrons were not allowed to leave. The farmer said he received an urgent message from the government warning of a “dangerous situation in the area”.
In the middle of the night she was allowed to leave the bar, and she learned of the tragedy outside.
“It’s horrible,” she said. “Not everyone dies instantly.”
“They were still pulling people (out) because it was so crowded,” he added.
Groups of people were crying, he added. Several victims received CPR and were stripped of their clothing, allowing medics at the scene to revive them.
She has yet to hear from two acquaintances in the area whom she messaged last night. “I’m still in shock. It was very traumatic,” he added.