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(LEAD) 4 dead, 9 injured in Samcheok road accident

All Headlines 10:37 July 22, 2019

(ATTN: UPDATES with change in death toll; ADDS more info)

SAMCHEOK, South Korea, July 22 (Yonhap) -- A van carrying 16 people overturned on a road in northeastern South Korea on Monday, leaving four people dead and nine others injured, police said.

After the 7:33 a.m. accident in the city of Samcheok, Gangwon Province, the four were transported to a hospital in a state of cardiac arrest, with three people in critical condition and the six others slightly injured.

The van, with the 16 people, including seven foreigners on board, entered a right curve on a downward slope before veering off the road and rolled over the guard rail on the left side. The whereabouts of three of the seven foreigners are unknown, the police said.

The police said the people were heading to a field to seed with chives after leaving Hongseong, South Chungcheong Province, earlier in the day.

The police are investigating the cause of the accident and looking into whether they fastened their seat belts and whether the vehicle was overcapacity.

This photo, released by the Gangwon Fire Agency on July 22, 2019, shows an overturned van next to a road in the city of Samcheok, Gangwon Province, northeastern South Korea. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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