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Fatal roof collapse at Dutch stadium


At least one person is reported to have been killed and 14 others injured in the partial collapse of the roof of a football stadium in the Netherlands.

The victims are understood to be workers involved in a renovation project in the eastern city of Enschede. It is believed they were trapped under debris when the roof fell.

Their colleagues spoke of the moment the structure began to give way. One said: “I was standing here beside a machine and I was about to go up there when something began to move and then suddenly the roof collapsed. I heard the noise and just began running without looking back.”

Another man said: “We saw our colleagues stuck there, lying on their backs. We don’t know what it is. We can’t get there.”

Football club FC Twente had started expanding the capacity of the stadium to 30,000 people in March.

The cause of the collapse is not yet known but a police spokesman said it was probably linked to the building work.

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