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DUTCH FOOTBALL STADIUM COLLAPSE RESCUE UNDERWAY

Roof collapse probably related to construction work at the stadium

The Guardian has reported that the stadium roof at the FC Twente football stadium in the eastern Netherlands collapsed today (Thursday 7th July) after two “support beams buckled”.

Emergency service are working to free those trapped under the structure. At least five people are reported injured. Police spokesperson said:

“We do not have many details at the moment, the only thing we can say is that we have quite a big situation. Part of the tribune has collapsed, so we have some people beneath it and we have got some people [police officers] there at the moment.

We can’t say any more about what is going on because we have had no contact from our people from our station who are there at the moment.”

He added the collapse  is “probably was related to construction work at the stadium”

Update 8th July 2011

It has now been reported that one construction worker died and 14 others were injured. The local mayor Peter denOudsten said:

“It is terrible. One person has died and 14 others were injured. Ten of them were taken to hospital. Two of those are seriously injured.”

He added that more people could be trapped in the debris. An eyewitness said construction workers were on the roof when it collapsed around midday. The witness described the roof as collapsing “like a house of cards.”

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