2 Dead After Partial Collapse of 2014 World Cup Stadium

Odebrecht, the company building the venue, said it was nearly 94 percent complete before the accident

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A metal structure atop of the Itaquerao Stadium is seen after a collapse in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

Updated: 1:43 PM November 27, 2013

At least two people were killed when a section of São Paulo’s Arena Corinthians, the venue scheduled to host the opening ceremony for next summer’s World Cup, collapsed on Wednesday. A third person is reportedly in serious condition at a local hospital. A fire department official had stated previously that three people had died, reports to the Associated Press.

A 114-foot-tall crane, reportedly Brazil’s largest, crashed down on the rear of the stadium as it hoisted one of the final pieces up toward the roof. The arena, known locally as Itaquerão, was reportedly 94 percent complete before the collapse. The two people killed are all thought to be construction workers, FIFA said in a statement.

Rescue teams are checking the damaged portion to see if there are more victims. Mauro Lopes, the fire department head, said there may be more casualties but added the toll would have been far worse had the accident not fallen during lunchtime, when there are fewer construction workers on site.

In a brief statement, Corinthians, the football club that will eventually move into the new stadium, said: “The board of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista hereby deeply regret the accident earlier in Corinthians Arena. No other information at this time.”  Work was immediately halted on all parts of the stadium, though it wasn’t yet clear if the crane collapse would delay the 70,000-seat stadium’s opening.

Brazil has openly admitted it’s struggling to finish all 12 venues—blaming construction problems and delays caused by public protests about the wealth being spent on the preparations—within timelines requested by FIFA.

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29 comments
mosca
mosca

Operários anônimos faleceram, a impunidade vai prevalecer. o fenômeno Ronaldo comentou que se faz copa com estádios e não hospitais. o dinheiro e a ganancia prevalecera

Anonymous workers died, impunity will prevail. Ronaldo phenomenon remarked that makes Cup with stadiums and not hospitals. money and greed prevailed


Bryan Selwood
Bryan Selwood

It says 3 dead in the headline but in the article it says 2 dead, one injured...

Okey Chen
Okey Chen

Chinese call it Tofu project.

Derek Wiggs
Derek Wiggs

That is what the left over bolts and nuts were for.. Looks like someone forgot to look for the extra holes and put them in..

Enrique Mercado
Enrique Mercado

Main crane looks too close (closer than safety radio) RIP. Be strong, brave corinthians.

Louise Noyb
Louise Noyb

Let's not forget the death of 40+ workers (so far) who died in the desert heat in SA in preparation for FIFA.

Callendar Muckiphobi
Callendar Muckiphobi

I cant read or see but it seems that alot of stadiums are falling whats up

Zamako Zako
Zamako Zako

seems to be falling victim soccer world cup, brazil 2014

Ha Keem
Ha Keem

World Cup death toll rises before a ball is kicked.

Nicoletta Bianchini
Nicoletta Bianchini

Nothing Odebrecht does has quality. Nothing new here. Come to the World Cup at your own risk.

MartineAtherton
MartineAtherton

@Habib Al Barmaki did you read the article? the crane collapsed.  The architect has no control over the operation of the crane.