Akashi pedestrian bridge accident

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The pedestrian bridge leading to Asagiri Station in which the stampede occurred

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.[1][2][3][4][5]


Coordinates: 34°38′38″N 135°01′03″E / 34.64389°N 135.01750°E / 34.64389; 135.01750