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3 dead in Sao Paulo stadium accident

Rio de Janeiro: At least three people have reportedly been killed after a crane crashed into a World Cup stadium, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The last metal piece of the roof was being installed at the Corinthians stadium when the ground gave way and the crane collapsed into part of the stands, according to local media.

Odebrecht, the construction firm responsible for the arena, due to host the opening match at the 2014 World Cup finals, confirmed two workers were killed but military police in Sao Paulo said there were three deaths.

“According to the operations centre, three dead bodies were found,” Major Mauro Lopes said.

Officials have suggested there may be as many as four victims.

Television footage showed the twisted metal structure on the ground amid debris after the accident.

One of the workers at the site, Adilan Freitas, 30, told a website that he was far from crane when the accident happened but could still hear the noise.

“I just heard the sound of the panel cracking,” he said.

The piece of the roof being installed was said to be 15m and was believed to be the final piece of the covering.

Last week, Odebrecht said work at the stadium was 94 per cent complete ahead of Fifa’s December 20 deadline.

The accident is the latest blow to construction work to finish six of the 12 stadiums by December ahead of the World Cup.