Man dies from canal stairway collapse in Utrecht

10th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — A man has died from serious injuries he sustained during the collapse of a canal stairway during a musical event in Utrecht on Sunday.

10 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — A man has died from serious injuries he sustained during the collapse of a canal stairway during a musical event in Utrecht on Sunday.

His death was first reported by regional broadcaster RTV Utrecht on Thursday morning and confirmed a short time later by the UMC hospital.

Mayor Annie Brouwer was shocked at the news and expressed her condolences to the man's family and friends. "Given the seriousness of his injuries we knew his condition was critical. Yet his death comes as a blow for us and for everyone present at the musical festival," the council said in a statement.

The 30-year-old man was trapped under the rubble as the stairway at the Oudegracht (Old canal) gave way under the weight of people standing on it to view the concert.

Three other people injured in the tragedy are still in hospitals in Utrecht, a spokesperson for the city council said. Initially 10 people were listed as seriously injured and dozens more escaped with lesser wounds.

All stairways leading from street level to the sunken canal walkway below will be out of bounds as bleachers for the public during upcoming events.

A band is scheduled to play on a pontoon in the canal at the start of the introductory days for first-year students on Tuesday.  The event has been moved away from the scene of the accident at the Stadhuis Bridge to the Smee Bridge to the south.

Two investigations are being carried out to establish the exact cause of the accident.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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