Near a construction site in Magok-dong, Seoul, the ground suddenly went hollow and a passer-by fell into it. Authorities confirmed that the sewage pipe buried under the ground had been cut, and launched an investigation to see if it had anything to do with a nearby construction site.

Reporter Son Hyeong-an covered the story.


India near the construction site in Magok-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul.

The sidewalk block collapsed, creating a pit 1.5m wide and 2.5m deep.

Yesterday (23rd) around 8:30, a woman in her 20s who was passing by fell into a pit and injured her leg.

The site where the ground landslide accident occurred is currently undergoing repair work like this.

Because there is a risk of further collapse, deliveries in the area are currently under control.

A large-scale research facility is being built next to the accident site with the goal of completion in the second half of this year, and another new building is in full swing across the street.

A site official said that there has been a leak around the construction site since the second half of last year.

[Construction site official: (to the construction site) A little bit of water has flowed in. It seems to be the cause because water flows into the interior, but we need to find out the cause of the water inflow.]

As a result of SBS coverage, it was confirmed that the competent ward office had found that the sewage pipe under the ground around the pit was cut.

An official from the ward office explained that the sewage pipe was cut by an external force, causing a leak and leading to the ground breaking.

An official from the Seoul Metropolitan Government said that they are checking to see if the surrounding constructions had an effect on the cutoff of the sewage pipe, and that if a causal relationship is confirmed, administrative measures will be taken accordingly.

There are over 200 ground subsidence accidents that cause casualties every year nationwide, and most of the accidents are analyzed to be caused by damage to pipelines.

(Video coverage: Choi Jun-sik, video editing: Nam Il)