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

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


  1. ^ Kyodo News, "Ex-cop pleads not guilty in fatal '01 Akashi crush", Japan Times, 20 January 2012, p. 1.
  2. ^ Hegel, George, "2.1 Crowd Disasters Archived 2012-03-13 at the Wayback Machine", Crowd Modelling Ltd., 2011.
  3. ^ Associated Press, "Crowd Crush Proves Fatal In Japan", CBS News, 11 February 2009.
  4. ^ Kyodo News, "Sentences stand for four in fatal Akashi crush", Japan Times, 7 April 2007.
  5. ^ Kyodo News, "Ex-cop off hook for Akashi ’01 fatal crush", Japan Times, 21 February 2013, p. 1

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

Asagiri Station (Hyōgo)

Asagiri Station (朝霧駅, Asagiri-eki) is a railway station in Akashi, Hyōgo, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West).

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