Three people have been killed in a partial collapse at the stadium due to host the World Cup opener in Brazil next year.

Part of the grandstand was destroyed when a metal structure buckled at the top of the Arena Corinthians venue in Sao Paulo.

Local media reported that the accident was caused by a crane collapse. Construction work has been halted at the site.

Fire official Mauro Lopes confirmed in a radio interview that at least three people died in the accident.

The accident happened at lunchtime, so not a lot of workers were on site at the time.

The collapse could delay the delivery of the stadium in time for Fifa’s December deadline. The stadium was almost complete.

Brazil has struggled to deliver stadiums, public transportation improvements and other World Cup-related projects within the timelines specified by Fifa.

Some construction sites, such as a new terminal at Sao Paulo’s international airport, are being built around the clock seven days a week to try to finish them before the Cup.

The stadium – officially called Arena Corinthians, but known locally as Itaquerao – is being built by Brazilian industrial conglomerate Odebrecht SA. see more

source: skynews