Akashi pedestrian bridge accident
The Akashi pedestrian bridge accident (明石歩道橋事故 Akashi hodōkyō jiko?) was a human stampede that occurred on 21 July 2001 in Akashi, Hyōgo, Japan. In the incident, a large crowd of people packed into a partially enclosed pedestrian overpass leading to Asagiri Station after a fireworks show. The resulting crush killed 11 people, including two adults and nine children, and injured 247 others. Five civic and security officials were later convicted of professional negligence for not preventing the disaster.
- Kyodo News, "Ex-cop pleads not guilty in fatal '01 Akashi crush", Japan Times, 20 January 2012, p. 1.
- Hegel, George, "2.1 Crowd Disasters", Crowd Modelling Ltd., 2011.
- Associated Press, "Crowd Crush Proves Fatal In Japan", CBS News, 11 February 2009.
- Kyodo News, "Sentences stand for four in fatal Akashi crush", Japan Times, 7 April 2007.
- Kyodo News, "Ex-cop off hook for Akashi ’01 fatal crush", Japan Times, 21 February 2013, p. 1
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