Probe into Dutch stadium partial roof collapse starts

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Dutch police and the city of Enschede launched an investigation Friday into the partial collapse of a roof at FC Twente's football stadium which killed one and injured 15, a city spokeswoman said.

"The investigation into the safety of the building's construction has started involving the police and technical experts from the Enschede municipality," Patricia Claassens told AFP.

One person, identified by Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad as construction worker Dave Nijkamp, 31, died and 15 others were injured when the roof at De Grolsch Veste stadium collapsed around noon on Thursday.

At the time, construction was going on to increase seating space inside the stadium of the popular Dutch first division club, situated in Enschede, about 160 kilometres (100 miles) east of Amsterdam.

Claassens stressed Friday's investigation would focus mainly on the immediate safety of the stadium's structure to determine whether clean-up operations could begin.

She added an investigation into the accident's cause would start later, but she could not say exactly when.

Eight injured people remained in hospital, Claassens said, one of whom was still in a critical condition.

Enschede's mayor Peter den Oudsten said Friday he had seen video footage of the collapse.

"But I find it hard to interpret the images. I think it's wiser that the images become part of the investigation," he told Dutch public television NOS.

FC Twente plays in the Dutch first division, and were league champions last year.

© 2011 AFP

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