At least 4 dead, hundreds injured after collapse at stadium in Colombia

 Monday, June 27, 2022 


At least four people were killed and hundreds injured, about 30 of them seriously, after part of a stadium in El Espinal in Colombia’s western state of Tolima collapsed during a bullfight Sunday, government officials said.

Tolima Gov. Ricardo Orozco said on a local radio outlet that at this moment, they have four (dead) victims confirmed — two women, an adult man and a minor — plus about 30 people seriously injured.

Of course, they have activated all the hospitals and ambulances they can work with.

Video posted by Colombia’s President-elect Gustavo Petro shows a stand full of spectators collapsing as people run from the area.

The mayor of Espinal, Juan Carlos Tamayo, confirmed the accident in a Facebook post Sunday, calling on citizens to evacuate the area.

Tamayo said in the statement that he deeply regrets what happened in our bullfight arena.

He wants to ask all the citizens who are in the area to please evacuate, authorities are already responding to the emergency and the injured have been taken to hospitals.

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

Colombia’s civil defense body, Defensa Civil Colombiana, said on social media volunteers had transported injured victims to medical facilities in the area.

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

Local councilor Iván Ferney Rojas posted a video social media appearing to show the collapse. Screaming can be heard in the background of the footage as the three-level structure falls inward.

The video shows the stand apparently filled with people as it crashes. Others on the ground run as the structure topples toward them.

No official cause of the collapse has been given, but Tamayo said in his statement authorities have already begun investigating the causes of what happened.

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