Dutch stadium collapse kills one

09:15, July 08, 2011      

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Part of the new stadium of Dutch soccer club FC Twente collapsed on Thursday in Enschede, east of the country. One was killed and 13 wounded, all construction workers.

Ten of the wounded are now being treated in hospital, of which two are seriously injured. Three people were treated on site.

"The investigation is still ongoing and we do not have full assurance yet about the number of casualties under the rubble," mayor Peter den Oudsten said at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

"We do not know yet if people who were not registered, were present. We are still searching with cameras and dogs."

The stadium, called the Grolsch Veste, is being renovated and was supposed to be finished before the start of the Dutch League in August. An additional ring was planned to increase the capacity of the stadium.

The collapse occurred around noon and emergency services were sent around with heavy equipment. First reports claimed some support bars of the roof of the new additional ring collapsed.

"We did not find an obvious cause of the disaster yet," the mayor said, "At the moment our attention is focused on the victims."

The players and staff of FC Twente were not present when the accident took place. They are on training camp in the southern Dutch province of Zeeland.

General director Jan van Halst expressed his condolences to the victims. He called on fans not to come to the stadium. "We need space. It's crucial that we let the emergency services do their work," he said.

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