FC TWENTE STADIUM ROOF COLLAPSE

One person has been killed and more than a dozen injured following the collapse of a stadium roof in the Dutch city of Enschede.

The accident occurred during building work at De Grolsch Veste the home of FC Twente. The victims are believed to be construction staff working on an expansion project to increase capacity to 32,000.

Firefighter crews and police helicopters attended the venue as rescue workers tried to free people from the rubble. A local government spokeswoman told the Guardian: "There are 14 people injured and unfortunately there is one fatal injury, in addition to the 14 injuries.

"Ten people were treated in hospital and two of those people were severely injured. The exact nature of the injuries I cannot tell you at the moment," she added.

"Everyone is out to our knowledge. People are still searching with dogs and specialist camera teams, but that is as an extra precaution, a double-check."

FC Twente posted a statement on their official website, www.fctwente.nl, which read: "During the renovation work at the Grolsch Veste the roof of the building collapsed. Our thoughts are with everyone involved."

In 2010 FC Twente won the Netherlands League One title and finished second last season. Twente will play in the qualifying round of next season's UEFA Champions League and were scheduled to host a match at the Grolsch Veste stadium in the next few weeks.

Posted on 07/07/2011