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Linkin Park accident under investigation

Police will take over the investigation of the accident that claimed a life at the Cape Town Stadium.

Emergency workers attend to a scene where twenty people were injured at a rock concert at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening, 7 November 2012 when a temporary scaffolding structure collapsed due to strong winds. American rockers Linkin Park were performing at the stadium. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - City officials said event organisers would co-operate with a police investigation into Wednesday night's freak accident at Cape Town Stadium which left one person dead.

The woman died in hospital overnight and 19 other people were injured when an advertising scaffolding collapsed during strong winds.

The incident happened an hour before American rock band, Linkin Park, took to the stage.

The city's Kylie Hatton said, "Because one person passed away the site needed to be secured immediately last night. Police will take responsibility for the investigation going forward and obviously the city and all the relevant role players will be an integral part to the investigation."

Western Cape Health Department spokesperson Mark van der Heever said several people are still being treated in hospital.

"They sustained fractures to their hands, legs and spine. The doctors will later today decide how long they will be kept in hospital."

Meanwhile, concertgoer and nurse, Justine Butler has recounted how she tried to help comfort the woman, who eventually died.

"She was probably the first person that I came up to. She was right in front of me in the ground and she had serious injuries."

Linkin Park and Mayor Patricia de Lille have also sent their heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families.