SAO PAULO (AP) — Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, killing two workers. This incident now raises concerns whether the Brazil will be ready to host the event for the most popular sports in the world.
The collapse occurred at the Itaquerao stadium when a crane crashed into a 500-ton metal structure in turn causing the metal structure to hit the outer walls. It destroyed two rows of seats and smashed the large LED panel that runs on the outside of the stadium. This is yet another setback to development. A series incidents including cost overruns, accidents, labor strife and street protests have delayed this project that may cause them to miss FIFA’s December deadline for all 12 World Cup venues to be ready. Officials say they are not concerned about FIFA:
“I don’t want to know about FIFA right now, we are worried about the families of the victims,” former Corinthians president Andres Sanchez told a news conference.
One of the workers, 42-year-old Fabio Luis Pereira, was inside a truck that was hit by the metal structure. The other, 44-year-old Ronaldo Oliveira dos Santos, was resting in an area which was supposed to be isolated.
“Unfortunately nobody saw him and he himself knew that he was not supposed to be there,” Sanchez said. “He was napping and unfortunately there wasn’t time for him to get out.”
Officials also contend that there was no wrongdoing:
“Everything was being done according to procedure,” said Frederico Barbosa, the construction site’s manager. “We will have to wait for the investigation to find out what caused the crane to collapse.”
Our prayers go out to the families of those who died in this incident and we hope that final construction can be completed without any more loss of lives.
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