Three workers have died after a portion of the Brazilian stadium that is scheduled to host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup collapsed Wednesday morning, the Associated Press reported. According to authorities, a crane used in the construction of the stadium fell onto one side of the venue, causing the collapse and killing the workers.
Sao Paulo’s Arena Corinthians (or Itaquerao Stadium), the site of the collapse, was 94 percent finished and scheduled to reach completion by the end of the year.
Brazilian news outlets have posted pictures of the devastating collapse, which occurred just before lunch hours local time.
The company in charge of construction declined to comment on the collapse, according to news reports. The directors of Corinthians, the Brazilian club that will call the stadium home after the World Cup ends, “profoundly lament the accident that occurred at the Arena,” the club said in a statement.