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article imageBrazil World Cup stadium crane collapse kills two

By Eileen Kersey     Nov 27, 2013 in Sports
Rio De Janeiro - Wednesday there were reports that an accident at a stadium being constructed to host the opening game of the World Cup in Brazil, 2014, had killed three.
Early reports were that a crane collapsed hitting the stadium and destroying part of the stands.
Later the death toll was revised down to two with several people sustaining injuries. The tragedy unfolded when a crane crashed into a 500-ton metal structure that in turn cut through the outer walls of the venue. This destroyed part of a seating area before it crashed into a into a massive LED panel that runs across the stadium's facade.
The Daily Telegraph reported:
The last metal piece of the roof was being installed at the Corinthians stadium when the ground gave way and the crane collapsed into part of the stands, according to local media.
Odebrecht, the construction firm responsible for the arena, due to host the opening match at the 2014 World Cup, confirmed two workers were killed but military police in Sao Paulo said there were three deaths.
Early reports that the death toll could rise further, with some officials reporting at least four people dead, now appear unfounded.
BBC News earlier reported at least two dead and a number of people injured.
Wednesday's stadium accident reportedly happened at the Itaquerao Stadium, also known as the Corinthians, in Sao Paulo which is scheduled to host the World Cup opening match in Brazil on June 12, 2014.
Apart from any loss of life the accident is bad news for the World Cup host country and FIFA.
FIFA have set a December deadline for completion of all 12 Brazilian stadiums hosting World Cup matches and today's accident may make that impossible.
The stadium was almost complete before Wednesday. Pressure to complete construction of all 12 stadiums before FIFA's deadline is reached has stretched construction workers to the limit.
In May a different Brazilian stadium scheduled to host the Confederations Cup football matches in June suffered a partial collapse of its roof, after an apparent build-up of rainwater - BBC News.
The damage from Wednesday's accident will be assessed and investigated in Brazil and by FIFA.
Jerome Valcke, Fifa Secretary General, said he is: "Extremely shocked by the news from Sao Paulo. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of this accident”
A man takes a picture of a crane that collapsed on the site of the Arena Sao Paulo stadium  known as...
A man takes a picture of a crane that collapsed on the site of the Arena Sao Paulo stadium, known as "Itaquerao", which will host the opening soccer match of the 2014 World Cup, in Sao Paulo November 27, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Nacho Doce
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