At least 36 people were trampled to death on New Year’s Eve and more were injured when a stampede broke out before midnight on a crowded street in downtown Shanghai’s historic Bund area.
“It’s too cruel,” Cui Tingting, 27, who initially grabbed at the coupons but tossed them aside after discovering they were not dollar bills, told the South China Morning Post. “People in front of us had already fallen to the floor and others were stepping all over them.”
“I heard people screaming, someone fell, people shouted ‘don’t rush,’ ” another unnamed witness in her 20s told the Associated Press. “There were so many people and I couldn’t stand properly.”