60 Crushed to Death in Ivory Coast

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Ivory Coast say at least 60 people were crushed to death during a stampede at a New Year's celebration in Abidjan.

At least 50 others were injured in the incident, which took place early Tuesday in the Plateau district, at a stadium where people had gathered to watch fireworks.

AIP television in Ivory Coast reports that most of the victims were teenagers. Distraught parents came to the stadium Tuesday, searching for their missing children among the bodies.

Authorities have launched an investigation into what caused the stampede.