One person was killed and 16 were injured after a section of FC Twente’s Grolsch Veste stadium collapsed during renovations on Thursday.Work was underway to upgrade the stadium in Enschede, the Netherlands, when the roof of one stand collapsed after two support beams buckled.
Rescue workers rushed to the scene to attempt to free the construction workers who were trapped in the collapse, with a local government spokeswoman for the city of Enschede confirming there had been on fatality.
”There are 14 people injured and unfortunately there is one fatal injury, in addition to the 14 injuries,” the spokesman said.
“Ten people were treated in hospital and two of those people were severely injured. The exact nature of the injuries I cannot tell you at the moment.”
”Everyone is out to our knowledge. People are still searching with dogs and specialist camera teams, but that is as an extra precaution, a double-check.”
It was later confirmed that two further people who were injured in the collapse had taken themselves to hospital suffering bone, taking the total known number of injured to 16.
The Grolsch Veste stadium, which currently holds 24,000 people, is being expanded to a capacity of 32,000.
Twente won the Eredivisie title in 2010 and finished second last season, beating champions Ajax to win the Dutch Cup.