FIFA Extremely Shocked as Crane Collapses at Brazilian World Cup Stadium
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A crane at a stadium in Sao Paulo due to host the opening ceremony of Brazil's World Cup 2014 has collapsed hitting the roof, reportedly killing at least two people.
The head of the Fire Department, Mauro Lopes, has confirmed the casualties to local radio and said that the death toll might rise. Initially he reported that three people had been killed. Lopes said the incident could have caused more victims, but it took place during lunchtime.
The stadium, currently named the Arena Corinthians or Itaquerao, was due to be completed by the end of December to meet a deadline set by FIFA. A total of 12 venues are required to be ready by the set date.
Local television footage showed huge metal structures lying on top of the stadium, partly destroying the east side of the venue. An LED panel installed outside the venue was also hit, RT reported.
The Brazilian company, Odebrecht, responsible for the Arena Corinthians stadium is expected to issue an official statement on the incident.