One dead, 14 injured in Dutch stadium roof collapse

One construction worker was killed and 14 others injured by falling steel and rubble when part of a Dutch...

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One construction

worker was killed and 14 others injured by falling steel and rubble when

part of a Dutch football stadium's roof in the city of Enschede

collapsed during renovation work on Thursday.

"A large part of the roof has

collapsed. A substantial number of people got trapped and there is one

dead victim as far as we know," Enschede mayor Peter den Oudsten told

reporters.

The incident was

probably related to construction work at the stadium, police said,

adding that workers were the only people in the stadium at the time.

"We

were at the third level and we were frightened. There was noise,

everyone was running everywhere. We were working below the floor. There

was panic, everyone was running away. Then we looked if there were

injured people," a construction worker told public broadcaster NOS.

Among

the injured, two were serious, Den Oudsten said. Ten people were

hospitalised and authorities were checking if any people were still

trapped.

Enschede is located in the

east of the Netherlands close to the German border and photos on Dutch

media showed several ambulances and a fire truck at the scene. There

were reports that a trauma helicopter was also deployed.

Football

club FC Twente, the Dutch top division's runners-up last season and

champions in 2009-10, play at the stadium where work to expand seating

to 30,000 is scheduled for completion by August 1 in time for the start

of the new season.