Collapse of a stadium in Colombia leaves at least 4 dead and 30 seriously injured

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“At the moment we have four confirmed (dead) victims – two women, an adult man and a minor – plus around 30 seriously injured people. Of course, we have activated all the hospitals and ambulances we can work with,” he added. Tolima Gov. Ricardo Orozco said on BluRadio Colombia, a local radio station.

Video posted by Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro shows a stand full of onlookers collapsing as people flee the area.
The mayor of Espinal, Juan Carlos Tamayo, confirmed the accident in a Facebook post on Sunday, calling on citizens to evacuate the area.

“We deeply regret what happened in our bullfighting arena,” Tamayo said in the statement. “I want to ask all citizens who are in the area to please evacuate, the authorities are already responding to the emergency and the injured have been transported to hospitals. Please let’s evacuate, together let’s help the emergency services. emergency, so they can do their job.”

About 30 people were seriously injured in the collapse.

Local hospitals received 322 patients injured in the stadium collapse, Tolima Health Secretary Martha Palacios said Sunday night.

the Colombian Civil Protection Agency, Defensa Civil Colombiana, said on Twitter volunteers had transported injured victims to medical facilities in the area.

He posted photos showing people on stretchers in hallways and courtyards.

Local councilor Iván Ferney Rojas posted a video on Twitter seeming to show collapse. Screams can be heard in the background of the footage as the three-tiered structure falls inwards.

The video shows the stand seemingly packed with people as it comes crashing down. Others on the ground run as the structure tilts towards them.

No official cause for the collapse was given, but Tamayo said in his statement that authorities “have already begun to investigate the causes of what happened.”

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