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Accident at Brazil's World Cup Stadium in Sao Paulo Results in Fatalities

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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2013

Updates from Friday, Nov. 29

The Sao Paulo football stadium, which killed two people when a crane collapsed, is expected to have its opening delayed until at least February due to the rebuilding job that needs to take place.

The £300 million site, which is set to stage the World Cup opener, is not expected to be ready until—at best—four months before the tournament begins. David Kent of the Daily Mail has the latest:

A preliminary investigation into the accident indicated that damage was confined to the concourse area and did not affect the stands - which could have taken longer to fix.

The damaged concourse area took about 35 days to build, and previous experience suggests it will take about twice that time to clear the wreckage and rebuild, the source said. 

If work resumes on Monday, as the builders believe it will, that puts the completion date in early February.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe into the accident is sensitive and ongoing, expressed 'high confidence' in the timeline but said it is subject to change pending further investigation by local authorities.

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