FC Twente Stadium Collapses: One Dead, Many Injured

| by Alex Groberman

The roof of FC Twente stadium partially collapsed during some routine offseason construction work on Thursday. According to a statement made by the local mayor, one person was killed and 10 others were hospitalized as a result of the accident.

Peter den Oudsten, mayor of the Dutch town Enschede where the stadium is located, said that in total 14 people were injured as a result of the disaster. Three people were treated on scene, reportedly, while two of the hospitalized workers were deemed to have very serious injuries. At least one construction worker was videotaped bleeding from a head wound as he was taken away by paramedics.

In the same statement, the mayor also explained that dogs and cameras were being utilized in efforts to search and locate anyone who may be trapped under the rubble.

Although the cause of the incident remains unknown, the stadium was undergoing construction to increase capacity by around 6,000 extra seats from the original 24,000 to 30,000.

The FC Twente club was reportedly training elsewhere when the collapse occurred. The team, of course, was the Dutch 2010 national champion and came in as runner-ups this past season.

More details on the accident can be found in the SportsCenter video below.